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Institute of Historical Research Seminar

Michael Questier (Durham University): Rome and the Anglicans – and their Histories of the Reformation

March 12 at 17:00 18:30

Histories of the post-Reformation Church of (and in) England are, as is well known, often incompatible with each other. Much of the relevant scholarly output of recent times has been taken up with trying to resolve existing contradictory interpretations of what, exactly, happened at and after the Reformation. The same ur-texts (Cranmer, Jewel, Andrewes et al.) are frequently cited as authorities by those who see the English Church in completely different ways. Likewise, political narratives that are technically about the same topic often focus on quite different things. It has never been easy to say exactly what we mean by terms such as ‘puritanism’, ‘Calvinism’, ‘Laudianism’, and so on.

Consensus and agreement are, frankly, not expected or likely any time soon. But there have been similar divergences in the narratives compiled by those in the past who wanted to narrate overtly ‘Catholic’ accounts of the Long Reformation. Putting these alongside the better known ‘Anglican’ disagreements on such matters tells one something about both of them. Not least, it allows for a discussion of what we might take to be the ‘Catholic’ tradition in the Church of England.

All are welcome, but those wishing to attend should book a free ticket via Eventbrite or email archives@churchofengland.org no later than Monday 11 March.

Please note that tickets must be booked individually for security purposes.


Lambeth Palace Library

Lambeth Palace Road
London, SE1 7JT
020 7898 1400
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