Writing the Marian Reformation
in Literature and politics in the English Reformation
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This chapter examines the historiography of the Marian Reformation and looks at number of key cultural and literary issues of the period 1553-1558. As part of the reforming agenda the Marian Reformation produced its own cultural poetics, which continued to have an influence on Mary Tudor literature long after 1558. The chapter discusses three of the themes reflected in Stephen Gardiner's 1554 sermon: the self, the social effects of Reformation, and Marian approaches to the interpretation of texts. It also discusses in detail the work of John Heywood and Miles Hogarde. Heywood's work embodies an anti-Reformation agenda that seeks to escape from the violent cultural effects of the religious changes of the 1530s, 1540s and 1550s. Hogarde's work reflects the other side of the religious agenda of Mary's regime with its insistence on the importance of penance and its constant division of the world into the saved and damned.

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