Popular Politics and the English Reformation (Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History)

 
9780511496035: Popular Politics and the English Reformation (Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History)
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This study of popular responses to the English Reformation analyzes how ordinary people received, interpreted, debated, and responded to religious change. It differs from other studies by arguing that the subject cannot be understood simply by asking theological questions about people's beliefs, but must be understood by asking political questions about how they negotiated with state power. Therefore, it concerns political as well as religious history, since it asserts that, even at the popular level, political and theological processes were inseparable in the sixteenth century.

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This is a study of popular responses to the English Reformation, analysing how ordinary people received, interpreted, debated, and responded to religious change. It differs from other studies by arguing that the subject cannot be understood simply by asking theological questions about people's beliefs, but also must be understood by asking political questions about how they negotiated with state power. Therefore it is as much political as religious history, making a fundamental argument that even at the popular level, political and theological processes were inseparable in the sixteenth century.

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Ethan H. Shagan is Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2000 and was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows. He has published articles in The English Historical Review, The Journal of British Studies, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, and in numerous edited collections. This is his first book.

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