New: Article on the Medieval minsters of Beverley, Rippon and York, submitted by Stuart Sharp.
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At the same time that the nation was engaged in frequent external conflict during her reign, Queen Elizabeth faced internal opposition on at least two broad fronts the Protestants who sought a more radical and committed English church and the Catholics who sought a return to the traditional observance.
The more extreme Protestants were radicals, puritans, committed to the ideals of the Reformation. They saw the Reformation as partially completed in England and were keen to push the crown towards completing the process.
In the first ten years of Elizabeth's reign they sought to push the Queen into closer commitment to Protestantism. However, the radical Protestants formed a relatively small minority and they found their influence limited (even when Elizabeth came to move more strongly against those who would not renounce Rome, later in her reign.)
From the late 1560s ,the Protestants' tactics centred on proselytising through preaching (Field, More, Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich), writing (Gilby, Cartwright, Field, Martin Marprelate tracts), prophesying (Grindal) and on acting within Parliament to advance their cause (Strickland, Norton, Cope).
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