The Reformation period has long been seen as crucial in the development of the society and institutions of the English-speaking peoples, whilst the study of the Tudor and Stuart era stands at the heart of most courses in English history.
But while the influence of the Book of Common Prayer and the King James Version of the Bible created the modern English language, there has been no collection of contemporary documents available to show how the momentous social and political changes took place.
In his major and comprehensive collection, Gerald Bray has compiled a vast range of documents, covering the period of the English Reformation from 1526 to 1700. The book contains many texts that have been relatively inaccessible until now, along with others more widely known. In addition, the book provides a selection of highly informative appendixes, including comparative tables of the different articles and confessions, showing their mutual relationships and dependence.
Containing fifty-eight documents covering all the main Statutes, Injunctions and Orders, Prefaces to prayer books, Biblical translations and other relevant texts, Documents of the English Reformation provides an invaluable resource for students, and a useful aide memoire for scholars in the fields of theology, the English Church, and late medieval and early modern English history.
Before the Break with Rome (1526-1534)
The Henrician Reformation (1534-1547)
Cranmer’s Reformation: The Reign of Edward VI (1547-1553)
Reaction and Recovery (1553-1559)
The Progress of Protestantism (1560-1625)
The Protestant Schism and the Final Settlement (1625-1701)
Endorsements and Reviews
A timely collection of official formularies relating to the English Reformation
The Expository Times
Magnificient work, which must (and will) prove itself by generations of use as an indispensable tool of English Reformation studies. No recent book has come my way of greater intrinsic value in its own sphere than this – or one which will repay more abundantly the price asked for its range, its detail and its length.
It is a most welcome contribution to the study of theology and ecclesiastical history, and will establish itself as an essential reference for all students of the Tudor and Stuart experience of the Protestant faith
It will serve at least three very useful purposes: first, a salutary source of information; second, it should provide a stark reminder to those engaged in the various ministries of the Church of England: third, it will remind over-secularized modern analysts that the Reformation, even in England, did have a lot to do with religion, its understanding and practice.
A well designed collection which will meet a widely felt need … probably the most comprehensive one of its type to appear this century … outstandingly useful.
R.A. Houlbrooke, in Parliamentary History
A very useful primary source collection … The timespan is generously conceived … From a scholarly point of view admirable, and the standard of editing is very high
This is an essential reference work for anyone interested in this important period of church history.
Reformed Theology Journal