4035 The debate.qxd:-
The place of the Reformation in modern
biography, fiction and the media
Where does the general public acquire its knowledge of the
English Reformation? From the writings of such as A.G. Dickens,
Christopher Haigh, Patrick Collinson, Felicity Heal, Peter
Marshall, Susan Brigden or Rosemary O’Day? I think not. The
names of such novelists as Jean Plaidy, Margaret Campbell Barnes,
Margaret Irwin, Philippa Gregory, Hilary Mantel, such actors and
actresses as Richard Burton, Keith Michell, Paul Scofield
Episcopal chaplains and control
of the media, 1586–1642
he chaplains to the bishop of London had a direct effect on English literature before the civil war in a more extensive and overtly political way than
any other domestic chaplains, because the task of pre-publication press censorship was overwhelming theirs. This was particularly so after the Star Chamber
decree of 1586, which made press licensing the responsibility of the bishop of
London and the archbishop of Canterbury, already the busiest clerics in the
alliance with their Scottish
covenanter co-religionists, the London presbyterians were often referred to as the
‘Scotified interest’ in English politics, demonstrating that the British
dimension remained a constant feature of the political culture of the period.
Such a political culture required institutions and media through which the
various ‘levels’ of the politics could integrate. Of key importance were the
networks of patronage and mercantile endeavour that connected godly ministers, city merchants
and tradesmen to
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Archbishops’ Council , Church
Statistics 2010/11 (London: Archbishops’ Council,
2012), p. 18.
Statistics at www.churchofengland.org/media//1341635/2001_2009attendanceandaffiliation.xls ,
accessed 10 January 2013.
Statistics at www.churchofengland.org/media/1518071/2000_2011ministry_summaryfiles_revised.xls ,
accessed 10 January 2013.
with the local media pioneered by Edward Lee Hicks and Peter Green. The
Cathedral’s role as a focus for civic grief continued with the
1958 Munich air crash, when separate services were held for dead
journalists and footballers, and again in 1980, when a charter flight
from Manchester crashed on Tenerife.
Rejuvenation and radicalism, 1964–83
It was only with the retirements of
the three elderly canons, Green (at the age of 89 in 1956, after 45
years as a canon, though he had given up his parish in
This book aims both to shed light on the complex legal and procedural basis for early modern chaplaincy and to expand the understanding of what chaplains, in practice, actually did. Each chapter in the book treats in a different way the central question of how interactions in literature, patronage and religion made forms of cultural agency are available to early modern chaplains, primarily in England. The numerous case studies discussed in the book include instances of both the public and the more private aspects of chaplaincy. The book first focuses on the responsibility of the bishop of London's chaplains for pre-publication censorship of the press. It then examines the part played by ambassadorial chaplains such as Daniel Featley within wider networks of international diplomacy, interconfessional rivalry and print polemic. Patronage was evidently the key to determining the roles, activities and significance of early modern chaplains. Unsurprisingly, patrons often chose chaplains whose interests and priorities, whether theological or secular, were similar or complementary to their own. Episcopal chaplains had a politically significant role in keeping lay patrons loyal to the Church of England during the interregnum. Alongside patronage and religion, the book also considers the diverse array of literary activities undertaken by early modern chaplains.
Each age has used the debate about the English Reformation in its own way and for its own ends. This book is about the changing nature of the debate on the English Reformation, and is a study of Reformation historiography. It focuses the historiography of the Reformation as seen through the eyes of men who were contemporaries of the English Reformation, and examines the work of certain later writers from Thomas Fuller to John Strype. The book discusses the history of the sixteenth-century Reformation as written by modernist professional historians of the later nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. All through the Tudor times the tide of Reformation ebbed and flowed as the monarch willed. The book sets out modern debates concerning the role of Henry VIII, or his ministers, the Reformation and the people of England, and the relative strength of Protestantism or Catholicism. Catholics and Protestants alike openly used the historical past to support their contemporary political arguments. Additionally, the nature of religious identities, and the changes which occurred in the Church of England as a result of the Reformation are also explained. The history of the Reformation in the 1990s and 2000s has to be viewed within the context of research assessment and peer review. The book shows how persistent the threat of postmodernist theory is to the discipline of history, even as leading academic authorities on the Reformation have rejected it out of hand.
For over four decades, events in Palestine-Israel have provoked raging conflicts between members of British universities, giving rise to controversies around free speech, ‘extremism’, antisemitism and Islamophobia within higher education, which have been widely reported in the media and subject to repeated interventions by politicians. But why is this conflict so significant for student activists living at such a geographical distance from the region itself? And what role do emotive, polarised communications around Palestine-Israel play in the life of British academic institutions committed to the ideal of free expression? This book invites students, academics and members of the public who feel concerned with this issue to explore the sources of these visceral encounters on campus. Drawing on original ethnographic research with conflicting groups of activists, it explores what is at stake for students who are drawn into struggles around Palestine-Israel within changing university spaces facing pressures associated with neoliberalism and the ‘War on Terror’. It begins from this case study to argue that, in an increasingly globalised world that is shaped by entangled histories of the Nazi Holocaust and colonial violence, members of universities must develop creative and ethical ways of approaching questions of justice. Tragic Encounters and Ordinary Ethics curates an ethnographic imagination in response to the political tensions arising out of the continuing violence in Palestine-Israel. It invites students and academics to attend to lived experiences within our own university institutions in order to cultivate ethical forms of communication in response to conflicts of justice.
What is it like to be a Muslim possessed by a jinn spirit? How do you find refuge
from madness and evil spirits in a place like Denmark? As elsewhere in
Europe and North America, Danish Muslims have become hypervisible through
intensive state monitoring, surveillance, and media coverage. Yet their religion
remains poorly understood and is frequently identified by politicians,
commentators, and even healthcare specialists as the underlying invisible cause
of ‘integration problems’. Over several years Christian Suhr followed
Muslim patients being treated in a Danish mosque and in a psychiatric hospital.
With this book and award-winning film he provides a unique account of the
invisible dynamics of possession and psychosis, and an analysis of how the
bodies and souls of Muslim patients are shaped by the conflicting demands of
Islam and the psychiatric institutions of European nation-states. The book
reveals how both psychiatric and Islamic healing work not only to produce relief
from pain, but also entail an ethical transformation of the patient and the
cultivation of religious and secular values through the experience of pain.
Creatively exploring the analytic possibilities provided by the use of a camera,
both text and film show how disruptive ritual techniques are used in healing to
destabilise individual perceptions and experiences of agency, so as to allow
patients to submit to the invisible powers of psychotropic medicine or God.
crowd, who started swearing at him
again. Within hours, this incident was reported and circulated by the national and
international media. The student newspaper led with this story, including a link to
a students’ union statement supported by the university management, who were
compelled to respond: ‘The Students’ Union is committed to the rights of students
to peacefully protest but condemns violence. The welfare and safety of students is
of primary importance and the university will be launching an investigation into
this matter immediately.’