Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation

Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation

by Peter Marshall


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Centuries on, what the Reformation was and what it accomplished remain deeply contentious. Peter Marshall’s sweeping new history—the first major overview for general readers in a generation—argues that sixteenth-century England was a society neither desperate for nor allergic to change, but one open to ideas of “reform” in various competing guises. King Henry VIII wanted an orderly, uniform Reformation, but his actions opened a Pandora’s Box from which pluralism and diversity flowed and rooted themselves in English life.
With sensitivity to individual experience as well as masterfully synthesizing historical and institutional developments, Marshall frames the perceptions and actions of people great and small, from monarchs and bishops to ordinary families and ecclesiastics, against a backdrop of profound change that altered the meanings of “religion” itself. This engaging history reveals what was really at stake in the overthrow of Catholic culture and the reshaping of the English Church.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300234589
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 257,507
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Peter Marshall is professor of history at the University of Warwick, winner of the Harold J. Grimm Prize for Reformation History, and author of numerous books, including The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction. His book Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation was the winner of the 2018 Wolfson History Prize. He lives in Leamington Spa, UK.

Table of Contents

List of Plates ix

Preface xi

I Reformations Before Reformation

1 The Imitation of Christ 3

2 Lights of the World 41

3 Head and Members 66

4 Marvellous Foolishness 98

II Separations

5 Converts 123

6 Martyrs and Matrimony 163

7 Supremacy 203

8 Pilgrimage Ends 244

III New Christianities

9 Mumpsimus and Sumpsimus 269

10 Josiah 303

11 Slaying Antichrist 328

12 The Two Queens 356

13 Time of Trial 389

IV Unattainable Prizes

14 Alteration 419

15 Unsettled England 447

16 Admonitions 483

17 Wars of Religion 523

Postscript 574

Acknowledgements 580

Notes 582

Index 631

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