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.

Rosemary O’Day

love or hatred, nor over-swayed by partiality and corrupt affections’.45 John Strype’s narrative history of the Reformation John Strype (1643–1737) shared Burnet’s desire to write a true history of the Reformation, but with Strype, as with Burnet, the 52 4035 The debate.qxd:- 9/12/13 08:36 Page 53 INTERPRETATIONS FROM FULLER TO STRYPE attempt to write such a history has to be set within the context of a contemporary debate. The Reformation once again became the focus for heated debate in the early years of the eighteenth century. The immediate occasion was the

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J. F. Merritt

that would subsequently develop an unstoppable momentum. The corpses of Pym and Cromwell may have been removed from the Abbey, but the legacies of the years of revolution were not so easily eliminated. 2 I plan to discuss these issues in more detail elsewhere. 3 John Strype, A survey of the cities of London and Westminster (2 vols, 1720), VI, bk i, p. 6. 263 Merritt_Westminster_Final.indd 263 22/07/2013 15:00

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Rosemary O’Day

, William Laud, even John Strype? Just where do we draw the line? As will become apparent in the following pages, the idea of a continuing reformation – the completion of a half-finished job – remained with the English well into the nineteenth century and 3 4035 The debate.qxd:- 9/12/13 08:36 Page 4 THE DEBATE ON THE ENGLISH REFORMATION has resurfaced in modern times. The issues raised between 1525 and 1662 continued to matter. Englishmen – Catholic, ‘Anglican’ and Nonconformist – felt deeply. This state of affairs was, in part, the result of the Elizabethan

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The new philosophy in Hamlet
Steve Sohmer

: Thomas Marsh, 1576 ). 11 Again, father Leonard appears as the author: Leonard Digges, An arithmeticall militare treatise, named Stratioticos, etc. (London: Henrie Brynneman, 1579 ). 12 Still an invaluable resource is John Strype

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Reformation: reformulation, reiteration and reflection
Rosemary O’Day

? John Strype, in the early eighteenth century, was caught up in a highly specific contemporary controversy regarding Sacheverell’s veiled attack in 1709 on Archbishop Tenison and Whig upholders of religious toleration, which saw Tenison and Queen Anne as counterparts of Archbishop Grindal and Queen Elizabeth. Strype believed that the way of the Church of England was pre-ordained by God and a history of the Church in England would show that. He was also ambitious and allied firmly to Tenison and the Whigs. But Strype was a scholar and an antiquary, whose research

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John Beckett

Hoskins, Local History, 26. 6 Rosemary Sweet, The Writing of Urban Histories in Eighteenth-Century England (1997), 75–80; Peter Clark, ‘Visions of the urban community: antiquarianism and the English city before 1800’, in D. Fraser and A. Sutcliffe (eds), The Pursuit of Urban History (1983), 107. 7 Clark, ‘Visions’, 112. 8 M.J. Power, ‘John Stow and his London’, in Richardson, 30–51. Power presents a relatively negative view of Stow’s achievements. John Strype produced in 1720 what he called a ‘corrected, improved and very much enlarged’ edition, and a 6th edition

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Jean R. Brink

of London – perhaps because even an ambiguous attack by Spenser on an important clergyman was very daring. In this regard, it is important to note that Aylmer's name was pronounced ‘Elmer’. John Strype, that formidable church historian of bishops, thought that he might be a descendant of Aylmer's and so does his best to sanitize Aylmer, including honouring his preference for Aylmer over Elmer. In his ODNB article, the historian Brett Usher

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Thomas Salmon’s Modern History
Ben Dew

, Salmon drew attention to the unreliable and partisan nature of the Frenchman’s account. Rapin, Salmon noted, had drawn extensively on Camden’s Annales when discussing Elizabeth. However, in doing so, he had deliberately ignored Camden’s detailed accounts of the plots of the Presbyterians – referred to by Salmon as Rapin’s ‘Brethren of the Geneva Stamp’ – to reduce ‘the whole Kingdom under their Tyranny’.48 Modern History responded by putting these plots centre stage and, through a series of borrowings from Camden and the Church historian John Strype, provided full

in Commerce, finance and statecraft
Rosemary O’Day

, and Jeremy Collier, affected by the non-juring schism, wrote of the beauty of holiness, of the apostolic succession, of the independence of the English Church in convocation, and of the ancient church. John Foxe was representative of a virulently anti-Catholic and providential Protestant history – a tradition continued, if modified, by Gilbert Burnet and John Strype in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The Chronicle of Edward Hall and the Annales of William Camden took a more nationalistic, political perspective. The providential and national

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