A Brief History of The English Reformation, Derek Wilson. London: Robinson, 2012.
Summary: A history of the house of Tudor, and how their rule transformed England both religiously and politically, and the influence of the vernacular scriptures on the English people.
For English speaking peoples, to understand our religious history, we cannot help but understand the English Reformation. Much of American religious history is either influenced by, or a reaction to this century or so of Tudor rule in England.
Derek Wilson traces the finer details of a story whose basic outlines may be familiar. Henry VIII seems the unlikely reformer. Early on, he is even bestowed the title, “Defender of the Faith” for his arguments against the continental European reformers. He fills in the narrative of Henry’s frustrated dynastic ambitions, jeopardized by the failure to produce a male heir, that leads to the fateful step of separation from…
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