Harmes, Marcus (2011) English bishops and the salvation of protestantism 1660-1700. In: 8th Biennial International Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studie (ANZAMEMS 2011) , 2-5 Feb 2011, Dunedin, New Zealand.
The English episcopate of the so-called 'Long Eighteenth Century' has long been presented in scholarly writing as pastorally ineffective and institutionally irrelevant. The bishops of the late-seventeenth century are normally recounted in modern scholarship as unresponsive to criticisms and as the somnambulant predecessors of the quintessential 18th century bishops. Yet these same bishops emerged from an episcopate at the turn of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that sympathisers presented as a dynamic force actively defending Protestantism from domestic and foreign enemies. Contemporary evidence reinforces this alternative reading of episcopal actions and of reactions to the episcopate, showing how bishops interacted with the major currents of political and social thought to validate episcopacy as suitable agent of reformed religious authority. This paper surveys a range of commentaries on episcopal responsibilities by Gilbert Burnet, William Sancroft, Thomas Tenison and other late-seventeenth century writers who endeavoured to neutralise contemporary arguments for the invalidity of episcopal authority in reformed religion by showing episcopacy as an agent of anti-Catholic security.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
|Additional Information:||ANZAMEMS: Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Abstract only is available.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||episcopacy; english; William Sancroft; Thomas Tenison; Gilbert Burnet|
|Depositing User:||Dr Marcus Harmes|
|Date Deposited:||10 Jul 2012 05:10|
|Last Modified:||18 Sep 2012 03:34|
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