Religious Politics in Post-Reformation England (Studies in by Kenneth Fincham, Peter Lake

By Kenneth Fincham, Peter Lake

The implications of the Reformation and the church/state polity it created have consistently been a space of significant scholarly debate. The essays during this quantity, through the various top students of the interval, revisit some of the vital matters through the interval from the Henrician Reformation to the wonderful Revolution: theology, political buildings, the connection of theology and secular ideologies, and the Civil warfare. issues comprise Puritan networks and nomenclature in England and within the New international; examinations of the altering theology of the Church within the century after the Reformation; the evolving courting of artwork and protestantism; the providentialist deliberating Charles I; the operation of the penal legislation opposed to Catholics; and protestantism within the localities of Yorkshire and Norwich. KENNETH FINCHAM is Reader in background on the college of Kent; Professor PETER LAKE teaches within the division of heritage at Princeton collage. members: THOMAS COGSWELL, RICHARD CUST, PATRICK COLLINSON, THOMAS FREEMAN, PETER LAKE, SUSAN HARDMAN MOORE, DIARMAID MACCULLOCH, ANTHONY MILTON, PAUL SEAVER, WILLIAM SHEILS

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18 Hence also the fear that the attack on images and inscriptions might involve the destruction of the tombs, heraldic escutcheons and painted windows in which the nobles and gentry set out their genealogies, commemorated their ancestors and proclaimed their importance. It was to avert this danger that special exemptions were made, both in mid-Tudor 15 16 Diaries and Letters of Philip Henry, ed. H. Lee (1882), 235. Some Account of Circumstances in the Life of Mary Pennington (1821), 93–5. Springett was presumably the unidentified zealot whose iconoclasm is recorded in Samuel Torshell, The Hypocrite Discovered (1644), 13.

100; Sermons of Calvin upon Deuteronomie, 133–9. J. Bouwsma, John Calvin (New York, 1988), 135. 92 Workes of William Perkins, I. 580, 670; Vicars, The Sinfulness and Unlawfulness, 1–2. 93 Portraits were particularly in demand because they preserved the memory of friends and ancestors, and commemorated their virtues, wealth, power and social status. 97 The portrait miniature, brought to perfection by Nicholas Hilliard, a former Genevan exile, has been rightly described as ‘an art form peculiarly expressive of protestant England’.

H. E. Salter, The Early History of St. John’s College, Oxford (Oxford, 1939), 229. 84 Gurnay, Second Commandment, 127–8. 85 The Two Books of Homilies, 172. 86 T. Duffus Hardy, Report . . upon the Documents in the Archives and Public Libraries of Venice (1866), 38n. 87 Fear of idolatry was therefore wholly intelligible. But it did not imply indifference to art; and it is in no way surprising that some of the iconoclasts were artists themselves. For it was those who recognized the power of the images who were the ones most anxious to destroy them.

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