The English Reformation ( ca 1300 -1603). Index

Opinion  varies as to the timing of the Reformation in England, but  I have commenced in the period leading up to the reign of Richard II
( r 1377-1399) when the medieval Catholic Church of Rome was at the height of its influence, and the `objectionable excesses` became subject of public criticism. In particular it was the conduct of the church hierarchy that began the decline and they were in time followed into dissolute ways by their rank and file. It was a long and complicated process and not just Henry VIII seeking a divorce. Indeed, the Papal Bull of 23 March 1534 and the definitive decision on the divorce  is, by some, regarded as

the break by Rome from England, and thus the turning point
for the Reformation in England.

To better understand the
Reformation  it is necessary to be aware of what was going on in Europe
at the time. The events there coloured Rome`s views to Protestantism
generally, and in particular its own secular alliances. Had the Church
confined itself to clerical matters there could well have been a different
outcome to the  movement for reform of the Church. As it was, the influence of Huss and Jerome
(Bohemia); Erasmus; Luther and Melanchthon (Germany); Zwingli, Calvin and
Beza (Switzerland); Farel, Lefevre and Bp. Briconnet (France); Gustavus Vasa
and Olaf Paterson (Sweden); and others,
contributed greatly to the religious Reformation and supported England and
Scotland as they too,
sought change.

A list of the Kings and Queens of England, and their reigns, is here.

Please note this section is `work in progress` so content will vary as new pages are created
and edited.

Popes from 41 AD – 1846.

English Reformation – Time line

English Reformation – Time Line
The Bible
Translations and Formularies of Faith – timescale.
Early objections
The English Reformation – Introduction
Peter`s Pence

Letter restraining the Benefices of the Romans within the Realm AD 1231.

Robert Grostete,
Bishop of Lincoln,  bp 1235 -1253.
The Monasteries
The monasteries, their role; an overview from The Monasticon; Rev J F S Gordon DD (1868).
Monastic Officers, ranks and duties.
Monastic Buildings
Monastic Orders (Mendicants)
The Augustine Orders in Medieval England
The Benedictine Orders in Medieval England.
St Basil`s Rule.
Military Orders .
Decay and Dissolution of the monasteries.
Schedule of “dissolved” Monasteries.
14 C
England in the 14th century
Edward III (r
1327-1377) and Abp. Thomas Bradwardine .
The Peasants Revolt 1381
A view of ecclesiastical benefices passing to Rome in AD 1374

Mortmain, Praemunire, Provisors.

Modern definition of Benifice.
John Wyckcliffe (1329-1384 )
Decree to exhume Wyckcliffe`s body and burn his bones.
The Papal Bull to Oxford University to act against Wyckcliffe. 22 May 1377; the conclusions; and Wyckcliffe`s reply to the Pope`s summons.
John Ashton, a “poor priest”.
Wyckcliffe and the Lollards
Burning at the stake.
A private statute by the clergy without consent of the Commons
Archbishop Thomas Arundel and  his ” Constitution against Gospellers”
William Sawtrey or Sautre, martyr.
The Book of Conclusions or Reformations, AD 1395.
England in the 15th century.
De Heretico
The “Ex Officio” Act, 1401.
The Lanthorn of Light, 1415.
Decree at Constance against possessing & reading Wyckcliffe`s works.
The Constitution of Archb. Chichesly against Lollards (and English Books) 1 July 1416.
Sir John Oldcastle, Lord Cobham, martyr
Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, Regent for Henry VI

England in the 16 C

Alexander Barclay “The Ship of Fools”
The murder of
Richard Hun, 4 December 1514.
Dean John Colet (1467-1519)
Thomas Wolsey (1471-1530).
Wolsey`s proposed reforms.
Thomas Bilney
– d1531
Thomas Benet, cursed by Bell, Book and Candle.d

Richard Bayfield alias Somersam, book importer, d 1531.
Sir Thomas More (1478 – 1535)
William Tyndale.(1492-1536)

Thomas Garret d 1540
Thomas Cromwell (1485-1540)
Hugh Latimer (1470-1554)
Hooper (1495-1555).
Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556)
Miles Coverdale (1486-1568)
Henry VIII 1509 -1547
Henry VIII and the Reformation
Title: Defender of the Faith.
Henry VIII oration to the people 1528.
The Divorce from Catharine of Arragon.
Cranmer`s letter on divorce and subsequent marriage.
Papal Bull 1534, the
Pope`s decision on the divorce,
Abolition of papal authority in England, 9 June 1534.
Henry VIII declared Head of the Church of England.
After the break with Rome.
Parliamentary reforms.
Ratification of the divorce and  the succession, 1534.
The Pope`s laws rejected.
The Book of Articles, 1536.
Act of the Six Articles, 1539.
Abolition of English books, 8 July 1546.
Edward VI 1547 -1553
Extract of the Injunctions to the Church of England by Edward VI
Mary Tudor 1553-1558
Mary Tudor (1516-1558) “Bloody Mary”
Surrender to Rome, 1554.
The Marian
Will Fetty, aged
8, scourged to death.
Elizabeth I 1558 – 160 1603 –
Elizabeth I and the Reformation.
The Supremacy Act 1559 (extract).
The Uniformity Act 1559.(extracts )
of High Commission.

Table of translations of the Bible and its use 1382-1572.

The First
Admonition of the English Parliament 1572

Declaration against Nonconformists, 1573.
Stuart Kings.I603-1649; 1660-1688  See
also Covenanters Index.
Millenary Petition of the Puritans, 1603.

The Hampton Court Conference, 1604.

Thomas Wentworth, Earl of

Wentworth – land and
religion – policies.

Impeachment, Bill of Attainder, execution.
Archbishop William Laud
Laud`s rituals, an example.
Laud`s Liturgy
impeachment and execution.
Alexander Leighton (Sr)
The charges against Leighton
The Rye House Plot, 1683.
James II, a son
is (allegedly) born.
Reformation in England and Scotland briefly compared.
John Bunyan and the Pilgrim`s Progress.
An  illustrated  version
of the Pilgrims Progress from a Scottish `chap` book