MACCULLOCH, D. Tudor Church Militant: Edward VI and the Protestant Reformation. London, Penguin Books, 2001.
The foundation of this book comes from a series of Birkbeck lectures which the author, Diarmaid MacCulloch, delivered at the University of Cambridge in the Lent term of 1998. MacCulloch’s purpose in writing Tudor Church Militant: Edward VI and the Protestant Reformation were to voice his argument that the Edwardian reformation was a critical moment in the progress of the Anglican Church and the establishing of England’s Protestant identity.
The aim of this book is to recapture King Edward’s reformation of the Church of England from revisionists such as Haigh, Duffy and Pollard. They ...view middle of the document...
This chapter also looks at the impact of the rise of key figures such as the Duke of Northumberland as well as literary impacts such as the Prayer Book of 1549.
The third chapter; King Solomon: Building the Temple, compares the religious ideas and tasks that the young Solomon had to complete in the rebuilding of the temple of Jerusalem with Edwards completion of a spiritual temple of Christianity in England. This chapter attempts to make the Edwardian Reformation seen as an achievement by defending that even though Protestants still represented the minority of the country’s population, they were concentrated in areas that mattered such as the south east and East Anglia. It also attracted the youth of the country as the Edwardian Reformation was a movement and the promotion of faith, divine authority and condemnation of greed.
The last chapter; The Afterlife of the Edwardian Reformation, looks at consolidating MacCulloch’s argument that the legacy of the Edwardian church was far greater and longer than what has usually been acknowledged by other historians. It does express that the Edwardian reformation was later adopted and refashioned not only by Edwards’s half-sister; Elizabeth and her government, but also in 1660 during the Restoration.
MacCulloch has used a wide variety of different source material such as paintings, maps, pictures, religious articles (p98), legal documents (p40, 41), floor plans (p85), metals/coins- propaganda (56/62) and educational documents (p22) in order to explain and answer his main argument throughout the book. With a balance of primary and secondary sources, MacCulloch argument is well supported and helps the reader also understand the topic more clearly.
MacCulloch’s remarkable approach to the subject of Edward VI and the Protestant Reformation challenges many Revisionist historians’ ideas into whether or not the Reformation was successful.
Jennifer Loach and her book Edward VI queries whether or not the young King was himself involved in matters of state and evaluates the two governments of Somerset and Northumberland who ruled in Edward’s name. This leads Loach to question the image of Edward as the ‘Godly Imp’ depicted by John Foxe in his book;...