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Negotiating Religious Change: The Later Reformation in East Kent Parishes 1559-1625

Le Baigue, Anne Catherine (2019) Negotiating Religious Change: The Later Reformation in East Kent Parishes 1559-1625. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (KAR id:76084)

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Abstract

This study investigates the re-introduction and consolidation of Protestantism within the diocese of Canterbury following the accession of Elizabeth in 1558 until the death of James I in 1625: that is, after the reforms of the first half of the sixteenth century, but before the changes brought in by Archbishop Laud and the events leading to the outbreak of the English Civil War. While the actions of the state and the political motivations of key figures are touched upon, the main focus is the development of religion at parish level and how attitudes and customs changed over time as the demands of the Elizabethan Settlement of religion took root within the parishes.

By using a small number of carefully chosen case studies, this thesis offers a refined sense of place concerning the growth of Protestantism in both urban and rural communities in Kent. The case studies focus on the city of Canterbury, on the towns of Sandwich and New Romney and on the surrounding parishes which formed the rural hinterlands to these three urban communities. They reveal the complexities of religious change, and suggest that a homogenous response to state-imposed reforms cannot be assumed, even in parishes which were geographically close. Extending the research to 1625 has enabled an examination of the consolidation of Protestantism into the Jacobean period. This indicates how parish religion continued to develop after the death of Elizabeth, by which time people had clearer expectations and were prepared to demand more of their clergy. At James's death, parish religion in the diocese of Canterbury was strong.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Fincham, Kenneth
Thesis advisor: Foster, Andrew
Uncontrolled keywords: Reformation, Kent, Canterbury, Church, Parish, Clergy, Local responses, Cathedral
SWORD Depositor: System Moodle
Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2019 10:10 UTC
Last Modified: 20 May 2021 13:26 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/76084 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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