The Reformation in England

The Reformation in England

The Reformation in England

The Reformation in England


The essay here re-issued was written for the fourth volume of European Civilisation: its Origin and Development, edited by E. Eyre, and published by the Oxford University Press in 1936. I was encouraged by the editor to write as I wished and I adopted no editorial suggestions which were not advisable in the interests of accuracy and clarity. The late Mr. Eyre was a man of strong, sometimes of violent, opinions, but I found him a kind and forbearing editor.

Several people have expressed a wish that the essay might be issued separately, so that it could be more accessible to young students and to the general reader. Whether their desire was well-grounded or not, only time can show. Sir Humphrey Milford agreed to run the risk and was so good as to negotiate with Mr. Eyre's executors, who own the copyright. We are greatly indebted to the executors for permission to reprint this section of a big book.

Since this is a reprint, not a new edition, I have been able to make only a few corrections in matters of detail. These include an alteration in the first sentence, which has caused some misunderstanding. So short a work requires no index, but I have enlarged the table of contents. I have also added a list of recent books and papers which help to elucidate subjects to which I had referred. The list is not a bibliography; it refers to writings which I should have used if I had had access to them when my essay was in course of preparation.

I should add that the footnotes, which are few, are intended to guide the reader, not to indicate my authorities; but I ought to have referred to the help which I got from J. A. Muller Stephen Gardiner and the Tudor reaction.

F. M. P.


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