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date: 15 April 2021

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In the century following the Henrician Reformation political practices developed which fundamentally shaped the way that the political crisis of the late 1630s unfolded. Courtiers, royal ministers, and churchmen took religious and political arguments to wider publics, feeding the circulation of arguments through gossip, manuscript circulation, public performance and petitions, and, increasingly, print. This created, cumulatively, a ‘post-Reformation public sphere’ in which debates about religious and political authority were closely bound together. Following from the way the Henrician Reformation had been brought about, explained, and enforced, controversies about religious practice intertwined with arguments about treason and political allegiance. Three standard narratives developed in this context: one anti-papistical, one anti-puritan, and one which could be spliced to either which centred the dangers of court corruption and evil counsel. These narratives and practices fundamentally shaped the political crisis after 1637, and the radicalization of English politics in the following decades.

Keywords: anti-popery, anti-puritanism, Henrician Reformation, public sphere, Reformation

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