Introduction to the History of the Church of England

Introduction to the History of the Church of England

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...act of 1534, and is stamped with the special characteristic of Henry's tyranny, in that it attacked thoughts and words, not acts. The work of enforcing it was entrusted to the lay courts, and juries of very ordinary education and knowledge were asked to pronounce upon the subtle distinctions of a man's private theological thought without any expert assistance whatever. The result defeated the king's own objects. So busy were the informers that no less than 500 persons were presented in London alone in the first year, and so ignorant were the tribunals that they were reported to have done 'many things naughtily and foolishly.' The king had to amend his statute by associating theological experts with the judges, and putting a stop to private informers. This made the act more workable, but only mitigated very slightly its inherent tyranny. For the remaining six years of the reign of Henry vni., the nation and the Church together bowed their heads to the yoke of the m te evil days. The king maintained throughout last years of the strictest mediaeval orthodoxy in matters of Henry v. faith, and the most absolute independence and supremacy in matters of government, both ecclesiastical and civil, and was prepared to enforce both ruthlessly, not merely against opposers, but against all whom he suspected of wishing to oppose. In the year 1539 fifteen persons, including the countess of Exeter and five priests, were executed by act of attainder, without evidence of guilt or opportunity of defence. In the following year Cromwell and thirteen others, of whom some were accused of denying the validity of the divorce of Henry and Catherine, some of heresy in twisting the meaning of Scripture, followed on the same path. In 1541 the aged countess of Salisbury was...
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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236674448
  • 9781236674449