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Rethinking Catholicism in Reformation England

Lucy E. C. Wooding


This book considers the ideological development of English Catholicism in the 16th century, from the complementary perspectives of history, theology, and literature. It argues that Erasmian humanism had laid the foundations for Catholic reformation in England, but that it was Henry VIII who turned an intellectual trend into an actual reform programme, reshaping English Catholicism in the process. The reformist strand within Catholic thought remained influential during the reign of Mary I, and in the early Elizabethan period, but was then reconfigured by the experience of exile and the onset of ... More

Keywords: English Catholicism, England, Reformation, Counter-Reformation, Henry VIII, Mary I, intellectual movement, Erasmian humanism, intellectual history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198208655
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208655.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucy E. C. Wooding, author
King's College, London