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5. What factors facilitated the survival of Catholicism during the reign of Elizabeth I?
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In this module, we consider the question ‘What factors facilitated the survival of Catholicism during the reign of Elizabeth I?’, focusing in particular on: (i) the historiography: the contrast between John Bossy’s ‘revivalism’ and Christopher Haigh’s ‘survivalism’; (ii) the differences between Elizabeth’s approach to Catholicism and Mary’s approach to Protestantism, and the reasons for these differences; (iii) Catholicism in England in the first decade of Elizabeth’s rule (1558-68), including Alexandra Walsham’s concept of church papistry; (iv) the importance of the Northern Rebellion (1569) and Elizabeth’s excommunication (1570) in changing attitudes towards Catholics in England; (v) the growth of Catholic recusancy in the 1570s and the concept of signorial Catholicism; and (vi) the extent to which ordinary Catholics were able to get on with their normal lives.
In this course, Dr Jonathan Willis (University of Birmingham) explores religion and the church in Tudor England through six key questions: (1) To what extent was criticism of the Late Medieval Catholic Church the main reason for the growth of Protestantism in Tudor England?; (2) To what extent did religion in England change significantly during the reign of Henry VIII?; (3) To what extent did religion in England change significantly during the reign of Henry VIII?; (4) How far was religious change in England during the years 1547-63 driven by the personal religious beliefs of successive monarchs?; (5) What factors facilitated the survival of Catholicism during the reign of Elizabeth I?; and (6) Did the Elizabethan Settlement of 1559 mark the end of the English Reformation?.
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. (2020, May 08). The Tudors – Religion and the Church, 1509-1603 - What factors facilitated the survival of Catholicism during the reign of Elizabeth I? [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-tudors-religion-and-the-church/what-factors-facilitated-the-survival-of-catholicism-during-the-reign-of-elizabeth-i
Willis, J. "The Tudors – Religion and the Church, 1509-1603 – What factors facilitated the survival of Catholicism during the reign of Elizabeth I?." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 08 May 2020, https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-tudors-religion-and-the-church/what-factors-facilitated-the-survival-of-catholicism-during-the-reign-of-elizabeth-i