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BY THE MIDDLE OF THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND HAD divided into two camps: the Anglican, which was in power; and the Puritan, which was agitating for supremacy. The latter, sparked by Calvinist missionaries, became entrenched in the eastern shires of Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex and demanded a reformation similar to that of the Calvinists on the Continent. Puritanism stood for the repudiation of formalism. This was manifested in opposition to medieval ceremonies, clerical vestments, and the entire episcopal system of church government. It stood for the adoption by the established church of the Calvinist system of doctrine and the enforcement of that doctrine. The Puritans hoped to take the present society and transform it into the very model of perfection, thereby reflecting the will of God in history.
Queen Elizabeth had no love for Puritanism, preferring to follow the