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Richard Bancroft and Elizabethan Anti-Puritanism

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History

Alexandra Walsham, John Morrill
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  • Date Published: October 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107606982

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  • This major new study is an exploration of the Elizabethan Puritan movement through the eyes of its most determined and relentless opponent, Richard Bancroft, later Archbishop of Canterbury. It analyses his obsession with the perceived threat to the stability of the church and state presented by the advocates of radical presbyterian reform. The book forensically examines Bancroft's polemical tracts and archive of documents and letters, casting important new light on religious politics and culture. Focussing on the ways in which anti-Puritanism interacted with Puritanism, it also illuminates the process by which religious identities were forged in the early modern era. The final book of Patrick Collinson, the pre-eminent historian of sixteenth-century England, this is the culmination of a lifetime of seminal work on the English Reformation and its ramifications.

    • The first major study of Archbishop Richard Bancroft for decades, representing a new interpretation which will supersede previous accounts
    • Significantly advances our view of the mental worlds of Elizabethan and Jacobean England and Scotland, and the ways in which early modern religious identities were formed
    • Detailed analysis of documentary evidence will contribute to our understanding of early modern British print culture
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "A work of formidable scholarship which explores the Puritan movement through the eyes of its most relentless opponent. Historians of the North will be particularly interested in Bancroft's dealings with successive archbishops of York."
    Northern History

    "This volume is part of the Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History and is produced to a high standard with an index and footnotes. With Collinson's other writings, it is an essential tool for those interested in the puritanism of late Elizabethan England."
    Congregational History Society Magazine

    "Collinson portrays perceptively what Bancroft did in defending the Church of England."
    Alen Boyer, The Seventeenth Century

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107606982
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Alexandra Walsham and John Morrill
    1. Introduction
    2. Beginnings
    3. Battle commences
    4. The 1580s: Whitgift, Hatton and the High Commission
    5. Martin Marprelate
    6. What Bancroft found, and didn't find, in the godly ministers' studies
    7. Out of the frying pan, into the fire and out again
    8. Prayer, fasting, and the world of spirits: the other face
    9. Possession, dispossession, fraud and polemics
    10. Richard Bancroft, Robert Cecil and the Jesuits: the Bishop and his Catholic friends
    11. Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • Author

    Patrick Collinson, University of Cambridge
    Patrick Collinson CBE (1929–2011) was Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge (1988–96) and a Fellow of Trinity College and the British Academy. The leading historian of sixteenth-century religion and politics of his generation, he was the author of many important books, notably The Elizabethan Puritan Movement (1967), The Religion of Protestants: The Church in English Society, 1559–1625 (1982) and The Birthpangs of Protestant England (1988). He also published several collections of his essays, including Godly People (1983), Elizabethan Essays (1994), From Cranmer to Sancroft (2006) and This England (2011).


    Alexandra Walsham, John Morrill

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