Henry VIII's decision to declare himself supreme head of the church in England, and thereby set himself in opposition to the authority of the papacy, had momentous consequences for the country and his subjects. At a stroke people were forced to reconsider assumptions about their identity and loyalties, in rapidly shifting political and theological circumstances. Whilst many studies have investigated Catholic and Protestant identities during the reigns of Elizabeth and Mary, much less is understood about the processes of religious identity-formation during Henry's reign.
About the Author
Peter Marshall is Reader in History at the University of Warwick, UK
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface; Introduction: Identifying religion in Henry VIII's England. Part One Evangelical Directions: Travelling From and To: evangelical conversion; Fear, purgatory and polemic; The shooting of Robert Packington; The debate over 'unwritten verities'. Part Two Henrician Reforms: Seen From Inside and Out: The other black legend; Forgery and miracles; Mumpsimus and Sumpsimus. Part Three Catholic Positions: With and Without the Pope: Is the pope a Catholic?; The burning of John Forest; Catholic exiles. Appendix; Select bibliography; Index.