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Bishops and Power in Early Modern England


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Introduction 1. Bishops and the Reformation in England 2. A Bishop and Therefore No Puritan: Episcopal Authority and 'Conforming Puritans' in Jacobean England 3. Exorcising Demons and Defending Episcopacy 4. Reformed Episcopacy Under Pressure 5. The Uncertain Path to Restoration 6. The Restoration, Episcopal Self-Representation and the Defence of Vestments Conclusion: Identifying Reformed Authority Bibliography Index

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An authoritative history of the role and influence of bishops in circles of power in early modern England.

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Marcus K. Harmes is Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.


Harmes demonstrates a deep knowledge of the historiography and acknowledges the complexity of the issues of labels and party identification, yet he carves out a unique niche by approaching the questions from different angles and overlooked approaches. * The Historian *
This [the book] is a brave and enterprising consideration of the role, power and reputation of bishops, and the whole system of episcopacy, in England between the Reformation and the Restoration - a time span of 150 years. * International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church *
Harmes presents an interesting overview of the controversy over bishops in the Church of England from the reign of Edward VI through to the later Stuart kings ... He has ... looked at a wide range of primary materials and in many cases interprets them in a way that significantly revises current historical thinking. * Sixteenth Century Journal *
Bishops and Power in Early Modern England provides intriguing insight into particular episcopal writers' views on Church government and the role of bishops. It is accessible to anyone wishing to learn more about the debates over English episcopacy. Overviews on the major historiographical debates throughout the chapters provide new readers to the subject with an interesting and informative introduction on debates over episcopal authority in early modern England. * The Seventeenth Century *
Harmes' volume is to be commended as providing a much-needed examination of an all too often neglected viewpoint. His lively and accessible style should do much to bring fresh light to this field. * Journal of Religious History *
Harmes provides summaries of compelling debates that might be of use to non-specialists as a means of orientation. The book also successfully reminds us of the many ways in which history and the notion of tradition could serve polemical ends in early modern confessional/political battles. * Renaissance and Reformation *
What [Harmes] has done is provide an interesting set of case studies of arguments for and against episcopacy in the Church of England. * Anglican and Episcopal History *
Harmes' book is interesting and certainly well-researched. * Parergon *

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