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Tudor Histories of the English Reformations, 1530–83

1st Edition

By Thomas Betteridge


256 pages

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This book examines the Tudor histories of the English Reformation written in the period 1530-83. All the reforming mid-Tudor regimes used historical discourses to support the religious changes they introduced. Indeed the English Reformation as a historical event was written, and rewritten, by Henrician, Edwardian, Marian and Elizabethan historians to provide legitimation for the religious policies of the government of the day. Starting with John Bale’s King Johan, this book examines these histories of the English Reformations. It addresses the issues behind Bale’s editions of the Examinations of Anne Askewe, discusses in detail the almost wholly neglected history writing of Mary Tudor’s reign and concludes with a discussion of John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments. In the process of working chronologically through the Reformation historiography of the period 1530-1583 this book explores the ideological conflicts that mid-Tudor historians of the English Reformations addressed and the differences, but also the similarities often cutting across doctrinal differences, that existed between their texts.


'Thomas Betteridge has furnished in this volume a thoughtful and perceptive examination of the English Reformations…Betteridge’s work is an important addition to the field of Tudor historiography. He has raised many controversial and provocative questions and provided judicious and reflective suggestions and responses….it is hoped that this effort will encourage further study within this important area of English history.' Church History 'Dr Betteridge has written a stimulating, shrewd and illuminating volume which will be essential reading for all those interested in the Tudor Reformations.' English Historical Review '… Betteridge's valuable new book… an excellent book which is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the English reformations.' Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. XXXII '… provides…a ground-breaking analysis of texts on the Reformation written under Mary… This is an excellent book…' English Studies 'Betteridge has written a stimulating, insightful book and opened up an important aspect of the English Reformation for future study.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; History,chronicles and the Apocalypse; Identity, Protestantism and history; Politics, counsel and publicness; John Bale, Edward Halle and the Henrician Reformation; Anne Askewe, John Bale and the ’unwritten verities’ of history; ’Making new novelties old’: Marian histories of the Reformation; John Foxe and the writing of history; Conclusion: history and persecution; Bibliography; Index.

About the Series

St Andrews Studies in Reformation History

With the publication of its 100th book in 2012, the St Andrews Studies in Reformation Studies series celebrated an impressive publishing achievement. Since its establishment in 1995 the series has consistently offered high-quality, innovative and thought-provoking research in the field of early modern religious history. By encouraging authors to adopt a broad and inclusive interpretation of ’Reformation’, the resultant publications have done much to help shape current interdisciplinary interpretations of early-modern religion, expanding attention far beyond narrow theological concerns. Each title within the series has added to a body of international research showing how the ripples of the Reformation spread to virtually every corner of European society, both Protestant and Catholic, and often beyond. From family life, education, literature, music, art and philosophy, to political theory, international relations, economics, colonial ventures, science and military matters, there were few aspects of life that remained untouched in some way by the spirit of religious reform. As well as widening conceptions of the Reformation, the series has for the last fifteen years provided a publishing outlet for work, much of it by new and up-and-coming scholars who might otherwise have struggled to find an international platform for their work. Alongside these monographs, a complementary selection of edited volumes, critical editions of important primary sources, bibliographical studies and new translations of influential Reformation works previously unavailable to English speaking scholars, adds further depth to the topic. By offering this rich mix of approaches and topics, the St Andrews series continues to offer scholars an unparalleled platform for the publication of international scholarship in a dynamic and often controversial area of historical study.

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HISTORY / General