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Diarmaid MacCulloch

Print publication date: 1986

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229148

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229148.001.0001

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The Years of Uncertainty 1536–1572

The Years of Uncertainty 1536–1572

(p.157) 5 The Years of Uncertainty 1536–1572
Suffolk and the Tudors

Diarmaid MacCulloch

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses William Rugge, the successor of Richard Nix. Rugge was responsible for presiding over the dismemberment of the diocesan estates in exchange for the retention of his abbey lands of St. Benet's Hulme. The discussion goes on to describe the religious situation in Suffolk and East Anglia. From this discussion, a consistent picture emerges from the 1560s of a conservative gentry circle that was based on the clientage of the Duke of Norfolk and in particular on the lively and attractive figure of Sir Thomas Cornwallis. This gentry circle was able to retain its close links with the clerics who had been trained under Bishop Nix.

Keywords:   William Rugge, Richard Nix, diocesan estates, St. Benet's Hulme, Sir Thomas Cornwallis, Suffolk, East Anglia, gentry circle, Duke of Norfolk

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