This major new study is an exploration of the Elizabethan Puritan
movement through the eyes of its most determined and relentless
opponent, Richard Bancroft, later Archbishop of Canterbury. It
analyses his obsession with the perceived threat to the stability
of the church and state presented by the advocates of radical
presbyterian reform. The book forensically examines Bancroft's
polemical tracts and archive of documents and letters, casting
important new light on religious politics and culture. Focussing on
the ways in which anti-Puritanism interacted with Puritanism, it
also illuminates the process by which religious identities were
forged in the early modern era. The final book of Patrick
Collinson, the pre-eminent historian of sixteenth-century England,
this is the culmination of a lifetime of seminal work on the
English Reformation and its ramifications.
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