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IN TWO VOLUMES.
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
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.
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 Universities–Divorce pronounced by Cranmer—Influence 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.
Elevation of Cranmer-Articles of Religion-Injunctions—Institu
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 Liberty—The irreligious Tendencies of Popery the main cause of their Opposition Martyrdom of Bilney, Bayfield, and Bainham-John Frith-John Lambert-Sacramentarians and Baptists—Statute of Six Articles.