The Historiographical Review : The Recent Historiography Of The English Reformation

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The Historiographical Review: The Recent Historiography of the English Reformation analyses the four different views on how the Reformation came to be. The first two being fast paced but one being organized by above powers, the second being led by the people. The last two were slow paced with the third having influence from above and the last piloted by the people. These four views are supported by prominent historians who believe one of the four is how the Reformation took place.
The first of the views in this document is rapid Reformation from above whose main supporter is G.R. Elton. Elton strongly believes the reformation part of a greater reform program lead by Thomas Cromwell in the 1530s (p.995). There were two parts to the reformation, the political and the religious. The political reformation wanted to ‘nationalize’ the church and the religious wanted to diminish rising superstition from the churches. The government took control of the reformation movement by persuading the public with talks and propaganda; they also enforced change by invoking stricter treason laws and having moles convey information about people against the movement. The movement gained momentum under the reign of Edward VI with the imposition of new reforms to destroy anything to do with Catholicism and enforcing preaching campaigns to villages to spread the word on Protestantism. Although, Elton ignores to mention what the people thought of the reform being imposed upon them.
The second had the…

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