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Conclusion

England’s Second Reformation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 October 2021

Anthony Milton
Affiliation:
University of Sheffield
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The conclusion reviews the findings of the book, noting that the ‘second Reformation’ included a series of changes and reform endeavours – Laudian, abortive, Westminster, Cromwellian, Caroline – which all in their different ways sought to push the Church of England’s ambiguous Tudor legacy in specific new directions. It notes that all religious groups were prepared to contemplate change to the church’s pre-war formularies, and that all were indeed required to adapt their religious ideas and practices in the face of the upheavals of these years. Portraying the disruptions of the 1640s as the climax of the Church of England’s early history rather than as an aberration in an otherwise continuous ‘Anglican’ master-narrative, the book has demonstrated how many elements of the reforms of the 1640s and 1650s had been anticipated in the doctrines, practices, statutes, bills, and reform proposals of earlier decades. It also maintains that compromise and negotiation were as ubiquitous as change and radicalization in the period’s religious politics, and argues the need to look beyond the simple binary oppositions of contemporary polemic. The period is best seen as a time when everyone was obliged to rethink what the established church was and how its past should be understood.

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England's Second Reformation
The Battle for the Church of England 1625–1662
, pp. 507 - 513
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Conclusion
  • Anthony Milton, University of Sheffield
  • Book: England's Second Reformation
  • Online publication: 05 October 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108164757.015
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  • Conclusion
  • Anthony Milton, University of Sheffield
  • Book: England's Second Reformation
  • Online publication: 05 October 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108164757.015
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  • Conclusion
  • Anthony Milton, University of Sheffield
  • Book: England's Second Reformation
  • Online publication: 05 October 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108164757.015
Available formats
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