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OF

DIVINITY SCHOOL

THE

HISTORY
PROTESTANT NONCONFORMITY

IN ENGLAND,
THE REFORMATION UNDER HENRY VIII.
BY THOMAS PRICE.

VOL. I.
LIBRARY.

FROM

IN TWO VOLUMES.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

In presenting this volume to the public, it may be proper for me to state, that the delay which has occurred in its preparation is attributable to causes over which I had no control. The afflictive dispensations of Divine Providence having disqualified me for that amount of labour which was formerly easy and grateful, I have been compelled to proceed in its composition with slow and measured steps. Desirous, however, of meeting the wishes of friends, and of partially fulfilling my engagements with the public, I have resolved on the separate publication of the first volume, with the confident persuasion, that I shall be able, before the close of the year, to complete the undertaking. As another and more appropriate opportunity for stating the principles on which the

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work has been constructed will occur, I shall say no more at present, than that I have endeavoured to combine accuracy of statement with candor and liberality of sentiment. To what extent I have succeeded must be left to the decision of the public.

THOMAS PRICE.

Finchley Common,

June, 1836.

CONTENT S.

CHAPTER I.

HENRY VIII.

The Reformation-Causes of - Revival of Learning-England prepared for the Reformation Wycliffe— Early Statutes against Heresy-Sufferings of the Lollards favorable to their cause-State of the English Church on the Accession of Henry VIII.-His Zeal for the Papacy-Writes against Luther-Defender of the FaithLuther's Reply-Commission to search after Luther's WorksTyndale's New Testament Sir Thomas More writes against the Reformers-Change in the Policy of the King-Scruples respecting his Murriage Applies to the Pope for a Divorce Appeals to the UniversitiesDivorce pronounced by CranmerInfluence thereof on the Ecclesiastical Policy of Henry Measures hostile to the Papacy - Majority of the Nation adverse to the King's Measures . - Indefinite Nature of the King's Supremacy.

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CHAPTER II.

Elevation of Cranmer-Articles of Religion-InjunctionsInstitu

tion of a Christian Man Necessary Erudition- Lesser Monasteries suppressed-Greater Monasteries- Erection of new Bishoprics--Bible printed-Cranmer and his Associates ignorant of the Nature of religious LibertyThe irreligious Tendencies of Popery the main cause of their Opposition Martyrdom of Bilney, Bayfield, and Bainham-John Frith-John Lambert-Sacramentarians and BaptistsStatute of Six Articles.

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