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Early Stuart Controversy

Prior, Charles W. A.



Andrew Hiscock

Helen Wilcox


The literature of religious controversy that appeared between 1603 and 1642 was concerned with much more than debates on predestinarian theology. Instead, it should be seen as a vital conduit for the discussion of one of the most powerful legacies of the English Reformation: the relationship of church and state. The chapter explores this theme by indicating how the reformation process generated political questions on the nature of power over and outside of the Church, before tracing prominent themes in the controversial literature of the Jacobean and Caroline Churches. The chapter argues that religious controversy drove the process of state-formation in the British Atlantic world, and fed into debates on liberty, toleration, and freedom of conscience.


Prior, C. W. A. (2017). Early Stuart Controversy. In A. Hiscock, & H. Wilcox (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Literature and Religion (69-83). Oxford University Press.

Publication Date Aug 10, 2017
Deposit Date Nov 10, 2018
Publisher Oxford University Press
Pages 69-83
Series Title Oxford Handbooks
Book Title The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Literature and Religion
ISBN 9780199672806
Keywords Church and state; Ecclesiology; Royal Supremacy; Bishops; Common law; Scotland; American colonies
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