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The Elizabethan Puritan Movement$
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Patrick Collinson

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198222989

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198222989.001.0001

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So many Learned and Religious Bishops

So many Learned and Religious Bishops

(p.59) 1 So many Learned and Religious Bishops
The Elizabethan Puritan Movement

Patrick Collinson

Oxford University Press

The ‘main stream’ of Anglicanism was not so certainly identified with the ‘mediocrity’ of the queen and Archbishop Parker that it might not yet flow in the direction set by the more advanced Protestantism of the repatriated exiles. Puritanism was to take root within the established Church and within its beneficed ministry, not to any significant extent outside it. And this too was determined by the manner in which the Church was resettled in Elizabeth's early years. For every returned exile who remained on the periphery, there were perhaps five who were offered and accepted preferment, moved by the simple need of a livelihood, or by the loftier persuasion that they could do more good by accepting places of influence themselves than by allowing them to fall into the hands of ‘wolves and antichrists’.

Keywords:   Anglicanism, Protestantism, beneficed ministry, the Church, religious bishops, convocation

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