The universality of discipline: restoration of the English episcopacy 1660-1688

Harmes, Marcus (2010) The universality of discipline: restoration of the English episcopacy 1660-1688. Renaissance and Reformation, 33 (1). pp. 55-79. ISSN 0034-429X

Abstract

This paper interprets an under-explored aspect of seventeenth-century English episcopal thought, in which the degradation and violence members of the episcopate experienced in the Civil Wars provided the substance of later arguments for episcopal power. During the Restoration elements of the Church of England embarked upon a set of policies which scholars have since characterised as 'High Tory' and as intending the rigorous persecution of dissent; but these policies were accompanied by episcopally-authored tracts showing how bishops themselves had suffered. Systematic reading of tracts and sermons by and about bishops, especially consecration sermons, permit insights to the episcopate’s self-conception during the Restoration and reveals a body of clergy set upon persecution also insisting on its own persecution.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Depositing User: Dr Marcus Harmes
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Mass Communication
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2011 11:50
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2014 03:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: Church of England; english reformation; english bishops
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210305 British History
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19857

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