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A research of the political and non secular rules that contributed to the cave in of the authority of Charles I in 1642, this article aids the old realizing of the explanations and nature of the English Civil conflict and demanding situations of the dominant interpretations of the conflict.

summary: A examine of the political and non secular rules that contributed to the cave in of the authority of Charles I in 1642, this article aids the old realizing of the reasons and nature of the English Civil struggle and demanding situations of the dominant interpretations of the clash

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19 Finally, the settlement reinforced the ‘public’ nature of the faith, which removed religion from the realm of conscience and shifted it to that of obedience. 20 The Elizabethan settlement also defined additional channels of royal sovereignty in the spiritual realm, especially the punishment of ‘heresy’. As the preamble to the Thirty-nine Articles put it, the Crown’s duty was ‘to conserve and maintain the Church . . in the unity of the True religion, and in the Bond of Peace’. 21 Therefore, descriptions of the sacerdotium (the sacred powers of the Crown) were accompanied by strong condemnations of ‘unnecessary disputations’ 16 Elton, TC, 364.

Yet this presumably straightforward position was consistently challenged by the 62 Canons, liv–lxi. Ibid. lvi. 64 Constitutions and Canons Ecclesiastical (London, 1604), sig. C4r. 65 Elton, TC, 455–6. , Oxford, 1966 edn), vol. 1, 245–329. For the Oath of Supremacy, see Jones, Conscience and Allegiance, 271–2. 67 Constitutions, sig. F2v–r. 68 For details, see Stuart Barton Babbage, Puritanism and Richard Bancroft (London, 1962), 74–102; Kenneth Fincham, Prelate as Pastor: The Episcopate of James I (Oxford, 1990), ch.

Ibid. 3–12. Citations are to 42 Edw. III, cap 3, Deut 19:15, Matt 18:16, Cor. 13:1. These and other sources were commonly employed in attacks on High Commission, as is revealed by Richard Cosin’s systematic discussion of them. See Cosin, An apologie, Pt. III, 118, 131. 87 Fuller, The argument, 3, 4, 24–5. 88 Ibid. 26–7. 89 Ibid. 29. 86 Church and Realm: The Politics of Religion 35 law. The conformist clergyman Francis Holyoke likened the church to a body politic governed by order and unity, ‘Now take away this order, and the frame of nature would go to ruine’.

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