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"A Craving To Reform": Legitimizing Revolution in Mid-Tudor England

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2006
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The mid-Tudor period for a long time has been portrayed as a period of trouble and turbulence that was of little historical significance. The rulers and intellectuals of the period were cast as fanatical, intolerant religious bigots whose actions at best delayed the progress of English government. Actually the opposite is true. After the death of Edward VI, a group of evangelicals fled the restoration of Roman jurisdiction by Mary I. These English Protestants are known as the Marian exiles and they fashioned some radical political ideas to support a traditional, albeit evangelical political culture. They did this by trying to find a Biblical justification to oppose the Catholic restoration of Mary and return England to the godly church and state of Edward VI. Looking to restore the reformed church, they inadvertently legitimized what had before been seen as sedition into the modern idea of revolution.
Title: "A Craving To Reform": Legitimizing Revolution in Mid-Tudor England.
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Name(s): Breeden, Douglas A.
Lowe, Ben, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2006
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 209 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The mid-Tudor period for a long time has been portrayed as a period of trouble and turbulence that was of little historical significance. The rulers and intellectuals of the period were cast as fanatical, intolerant religious bigots whose actions at best delayed the progress of English government. Actually the opposite is true. After the death of Edward VI, a group of evangelicals fled the restoration of Roman jurisdiction by Mary I. These English Protestants are known as the Marian exiles and they fashioned some radical political ideas to support a traditional, albeit evangelical political culture. They did this by trying to find a Biblical justification to oppose the Catholic restoration of Mary and return England to the godly church and state of Edward VI. Looking to restore the reformed church, they inadvertently legitimized what had before been seen as sedition into the modern idea of revolution.
Identifier: FA00000900 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2006.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
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