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.
'… invaluable book…' Church Times '… students of Tudor religion and culture will find this volume highly appetizing and immensely enjoyable.' Church History ’This is a splendid book.’ Journal of Theological Studies ’Marshall's compelling essays should be read by anyone interested in fresh approaches to studying the English Reformation… The appendix, a brief prosopography of 127 Henrician Catholic exiles, including information not revealed in chapter eleven, makes this book especially valuable for those interested in Reformation history.’ Anglican and Episcopal History ’The strengths and range of Marshall' scholarship will commend this volume to discerning readers, who will find it both informative and stimulating.’ English Historical Review