The resurrection of English episcopacy in restoration England

Harmes, Marcus (2011) The resurrection of English episcopacy in restoration England. In: War and Conflict: Memorial, Commemoration and Remembrance, Feb 2011, Toowoomba, Australia.

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Partisans of Charles I had proclaimed his martyrdom under the circumstances of the Commonwealth, claims amplified after his death in 1649 and into the later-seventeenth century by bishops, divines and royalist gentlemen. This triumph was to receive annual commemoration, through the fasts of royalist gentlemen but also the delivery of annual sermons on January 29, which each year reminded auditors of the trauma of Charles I's martyrdom. But the monarchy was not the only institution to suffer and then experience resurrection, for the episcopacy of the Church of England also collapsed under the weight of puritan parliamentary displeasure. But the execution of the king and the sufferings of the English bishops during the Civil Wars and the Commonwealth cast enduring but different shadows into the Restoration age and prompted different assessments of the resurrection of monarchy and episcopacy. Charles’s apotheosis and the resurrection of his reputation and dynasty, if not his actual corporeal resurrection, find no parallels in the Restoration accounts of episcopal resurrection, where episcopal writers returned again and again to noting their suffering, not describing their triumph. Narratives of episcopal suffering contained polemical intentions for the restoration of episcopal discipline after 1660 and suffering more than triumph was significant to this purpose.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Mass Communication
Date Deposited: 20 May 2014 05:53
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 03:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: Charles I, King of England; english monarchy; english episcopacy; english civil wars
Fields of Research : 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: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology

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