The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Volume I Reformation and Identity c.1520-1662

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  • Copyright: 2017-04-02
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The Oxford History of Anglicanism is a major new and unprecedented international study of the identity and historical influence of one of the world's largest versions of Christianity. This global study of Anglicanism from the sixteenth century looks at how was Anglican identity constructed and contested at various periods since the sixteenth century; and what was its historical influence during the past six centuries. It explores not just the ecclesiastical and theological aspects of global Anglicanism, but also the political, social, economic, and cultural influences of this form of Christianity that has been historically significant in western culture, and a burgeoning force in non-western societies today. The chapters are written by international exports in their various historical fields which includes the most recent research in their areas, as well as original research. The series forms an invaluable reference for both scholars and interested non-specialists.

Volume one of The Oxford History of Anglicanism examines a period when the nature of 'Anglicanism' was still heavily contested. Rather than merely tracing the emergence of trends that we associate with later Anglicanism, the contributors instead discuss the fluid and contested nature of the Church of England's religious identity in these years, and the different claims to what should count as 'Anglican' orthodoxy. After the introduction and narrative chapters explain the historical background, individual chapters then analyse different understandings of the early church and church history; variant readings of the meaning of the royal supremacy, the role of bishops and canon law, and cathedrals; the very diverse experiences of religion in parishes, styles of worship and piety, church decoration, and Bible usage; and the competing claims to 'Anglican' orthodoxy of puritanism, 'avant-garde conformity' and Laudianism. Also analysed are arguments over the Church of England's confessional
identity and its links with the foreign Reformed Churches, and the alternative models provided by English Protestant activities in Ireland, Scotland and North America. The reforms of the 1640s and 1650s are included in their own right, and the volume concludes that the shape of the Restoration that emerged was far from inevitable, or expressive of a settled 'Anglican' identity.

Author Biography

Anthony Milton is Professor of History at the University of Sheffield. His publications include Catholic and Reformed: The Roman and Protestant Churches in English Protestant Thought, 1600-1640 (Cambridge University Press, 1995) and Laudian and royalist polemic in seventeenth-century England: The career and writings of Peter Heylyn (Manchester University Press, 2007).

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
Series Introduction
1. Introduction: Reformation, Identity, and 'Anglicanism' c.1520-1662, Anthony Milton
2. The Emergence of the Church of England c.1520-1553, Ethan H. Shagan
3. Settlement Patterns: The Church of England, 1553-1603, Peter Marshall
4. Unsettled Reformations: 1603-1662, Anthony Milton
5. Bishops, Church and State, c.1530-1646
6. The Godly Magistrate
7. Religion and the English Parish
8. Liturgy and Worship, Bryan D. Spinks
9. Canon Law and the Church of England, Gerald Bray
10. Art and Iconoclasm, Felicity Heal
11. Confessional Identity, Stephen Hampton
12. Cathedrals, Ian Atherton
13. Ireland and Scotland 1534-1663, John McCafferty
14. British America to 1662, Michael P. Winship
15. Perceptions of Christian Antiquity, Jean-Louis Quantin
16. Protestants and the Meanings of Church History 1540-1660, W. J. Sheils
17. The Church of England and International Protestantism 1530-1570, Diarmaid MacCulloch
18. Attitudes towards the Protestant and Catholic Churches, Anthony Milton
19. 'Puritans' and 'Anglicans' in the History of the Post-Reformation English Church, Peter Lake
20. 'Avant-garde Conformity' in the 1590s, Peter McCullough
21. Early Modern English Piety, Jessica Martin
22. The Bible in Early Modern England, Lori Anne Ferrell
23. The Westminster Assembly and the Reformation of the 1640s, Chad van Dixhoorn
24. The Cromwellian Church, Ann Hughes
25. Episcopalian Identity 1640-62, Kenneth Fincham and Stephen Taylor

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