History

In God We Now Agree

One of the more unpleasant tussles of historical writing, the story of the English Reformation, itself seems to be passing into history. Once, on the Catholic side, it was a story of infamy, of Henry VIII’s lust and tyranny, the arrogance of a handful of treacherous “so-called reformers”, the injustice of Henry’s persecuting “bastard child” Elizabeth I taking the throne. (See for example, R.F. Walker, An Outline History of the Catholic Church.) The Protestants played to their own strengths: the burnings under “Bloody Mary”, Henry’s first and Catholic daughter; the Catholic Spanish Armada attempting invasion to unseat Elizabeth; the Spanish…

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