Princes, Pastors, and People: The Church and Religion in England, 1500-1700

Princes, Pastors, and People: The Church and Religion in England, 1500-1700

Princes, Pastors, and People: The Church and Religion in England, 1500-1700

Princes, Pastors, and People: The Church and Religion in England, 1500-1700


Princes, Pastors and People traces the many changes in religious life that took place in the turbulent years of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth centuries.It is designed to make accessible to readers much of the most recent research, and to guide them through the major historical controversies of the last twenty-five years:* the causes of the English Reformation* the popularity of the Elizabethan Protestant Church* the impact of the Laudian innovations of the 1630s* the Puritan attempt to control popular culture and belief.By adopting a thematic rather than chronological approach, the book is also able to chart the long-term developments across the period in key areas such as doctrinal and liturgical change, the role of the clergy, and the importance of religion in the everyday lives of people.


The first edition of Princes, Pastors and People appeared in 1991. Although it failed to trouble the compilers of the best-sellers lists, it was on the whole favourably reviewed, and widely used. Since its appearance, the pace of research into religion in early-modern England has if anything accelerated. During the 1990s the long established authorities in the field, including Patrick Collinson, Christopher Haigh, Peter Lake, John Morrill and Nicholas Tyacke, have continued to make important further contributions to our knowledge. But they have now been joined by a number of new big beasts in the historiographical jungle, including Eamon Duffy, Kenneth Fincham, Diarmaid MacCulloch, Peter Marshall, Anthony Milton and Alexandra Walsham. The present authors have also made their own, more modest contributions to the field, Sue Doran writing on Elizabeth I's religion and Chris Durston on aspects of the mid seventeenth-century religious crisis.

This second edition has been completely re-written, updated and significantly enlarged. After some deliberation, the authors decided to retain the book's distinctive thematic structure, but the new chapters have been divided into discrete sub-sections to aid readers who wish to concentrate on a narrower chronological period than that covered by the whole book. Important studies are identified in the text and each chapter contains a select bibliography of cited works and further reading and, unless otherwise stated, the place of publication is London. Words and phrases in bold type are explained in the Glossary.

The authors hope this second edition will help a new generation of students to cut their way through the sometimes dangerous, but always fascinating jungle of English Reformation studies.

Susan Doran and Christopher Durston

May 2002

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