The Gospel and Henry VIII: Evangelicals in the Early English Reformation (Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History)

  • Publish Date: 2003-10-20
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Alec Ryrie
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The last years of Henry VIII's life, 1539-47, have conventionally been seen as a time when the king persecuted Protestants. This book argues that Henry's policies were much more ambiguous; that he continued to give support to Protestantism and that many accordingly also remained loyal to him. It also examines why the Protestants eventually adopted a more radical, oppositional stance, and argues that English Protestantism's eventual identity was determined during these years.