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Society and Religion

Changes in the English Church under Edward VI (1547- 1553)

Essay by Ivan Masonovitch

The religious changes instituted during the reign of Henry were continued under Edward VI, with the result that England had largely completed the transformation to being an officially Protestant country by the end of Edward's reign.

The style of government was a Regency council, strongly influenced by Edward Seymour and John Dudley. Crucial pro-Protestant influences were Edward VI's commitment to the reformed religion; the practical and ideological role of foreign Protestants - Knox, Lasco, Bucyr); the promotion of Protestant clergy (Ridley, Latimer, Coverdale, Hooper) and the dissemination of their beliefs both through preaching and publication of their works, which was made possible by the spread of printing.

By 1547 Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries and beginnings of reorganisation of the English Church along lines of incorporation by the state had basically been completed. However, these actions were directed more towards obtaining wealth for the crown and removing obstacles to the royal will than to implementing the beliefs of Protestantism.

Laws instituted under Edward VI were more strongly Protestant in intention and impact. From the beginning of his reign in 1547, the dissolution of the power of the monasteries was continued with the dissolution of about 4 thousand Chantry Chapels and the end of the practice of praying for the dead. The Heresy Laws and the Act of Six Articles were repealed. The laity were allowed to take communion with bread and wine. Cranmer's Book of Homilies was authorised.


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