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A confusion of tongues: Britain's wars of reformation, by Charles W. A. Prior

By Charles W. A. Prior

A learn of the political and spiritual rules that contributed to the cave in of the authority of Charles I in 1642, this article aids the old realizing of the factors and nature of the English Civil warfare and demanding situations of the dominant interpretations of the conflict.

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P. Bodl. 4 Rawl. 277, 8. 23 SRP, vol. 1, 61. 24 Conrad Russell, ‘Arguments for Religious Unity in England, 1530–1650’, JEH, 18 (1967), 201–26; Ethan Shagan, ‘Beyond Good and Evil: Thinking With Moderates in Early Modern England’, JBS, 49 (2010), 488–513, esp. 496–500. 25 See Charles W. A. Prior, ‘Ancient and Reformed? Thomas Bell and Jacobean Conformist Thought’, Canadian Journal of History, 38 (2003), 428–30. ), The Early Stuart Church, 1603–1642 (Stanford, 1993), 187–210. 27 Thomas Stapleton, A counterblast to M.

60 COMMON LAW, UNIVERSAL CHURCH Holistic models of the church and commonwealth should be interpreted as vital components of how contemporaries understood their ecclesiastical constitution. Howsoever writers might dispute its doctrine, quarrel with its ceremonies, or lament the heavy-handedness of its discipline, the fact remained that there could be only one church ‘by law established’. To admit of others, or to allow the established church to be taken in directions not sanctioned by Crown or law was to risk exactly the chaos of the commonwealth that preoccupied so many writers in the post-Reformation period.

Of February, 1620 (1621), 5. See also, Cornelius Burges, The fire of the sanctuarie newly vncouered, or, A compleat tract of zeale (1625): ‘He that putteth himself upon the Office of a Supervisor and controuler of other men’s opinions touching points of [religion] may breed vaine janglings’, 30. 100 John Hayward, A reporte of a discourse concerning supreme power in affaires of religion (1606). S. L. Goldberg, ‘Sir John Hayward, “Politic Historian” ’, Review of English Studies, 6 (1955), 233–44. Church and Realm: The Politics of Religion 37 pragmatic defence of heresy hunting: ‘So it is the chiefest work of a wise Governor to remove all naughtie and incurable persons from a citie and commonweale.

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