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The Tudors – Henry VIII and the English Reformation, 1509-47

4. Evangelical Advance

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Lecture

In this module, we think how the rather limited changes to the workings of the English church represented by the 1534 Act of Supremacy led to much more widespread changes in the following decades. Put simply, why does Henry continue reforming the church after the Break with Rome?

Course

In this course, Dr Jonathan Willis (University of Birmingham) explores the Henrician Reformation. We begin by thinking about the 'health' of the church in late Medieval England, focusing in particular on the concept of lay piety. After that, we turn to some of the criticisms of the church that had been made prior to Henry – from Wycliffe and the Lollards in the 14th and 15th centuries to Christian humanists such as Desiderius Erasmus. In the third module, we think about Henry VIII's role in the English Reformation, tracing the events that led to the Break with Rome in 1534, before moving on in the fourth module to think about why the relatively limited changes represented by the Break from Rome led to such broader changes in the following decades.

Lecturer

Dr Jonathan Willis is a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Birmingham. He is primarily a historian of the English reformation, with interests in the history and theology of late-medieval and early modern Europe more broadly. His research focuses on the religious and cultural history of England over the course of the long sixteenth century. His recent publications include Church Music and Protestantism in Post-Reformation England (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010) and The Reformation of the Decalogue: Religious Belief, Practice and Identity and the Ten Commandments in England, c.1485-c.1625 (CUP, forthcoming 2017)

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Willis, J. (2018, August 15). The Tudors – Henry VIII and the English Reformation, 1509-47 - Evangelical Advance [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-henrician-reformation-1509-47/evangelical-advance

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Willis, Jonathan. "The Tudors – Henry VIII and the English Reformation, 1509-47 – Evangelical Advance." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-henrician-reformation-1509-47/evangelical-advance