Orthodox Puritans and Dissenting Bishops: The Reformation of the English Episcopate, ca. 1580-1610

Marcus Harmes (2008) Orthodox Puritans and Dissenting Bishops: The Reformation of the English Episcopate, ca. 1580-1610. Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 39 199-218.


Author Marcus Harmes
Title Orthodox Puritans and Dissenting Bishops: The Reformation of the English Episcopate, ca. 1580-1610
Journal name Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
ISSN 0069-6412
Publication date 2008-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 39
Start page 199
End page 218
Total pages 20
Place of publication Los Angeles, CA, USA
Publisher Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Language eng
Subject C1
970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
210305 British History
Abstract The reformed English Church retained its bishops and its episcopal hierarchy. Yet contemporary evidence reveals perceptions of English bishops as being withholders of Protestant reform and punishers and persecutors of those churchmen who actively advocated further reform of the Church of England. In a challenge to these impressions, this article surveys the writings of Sir John Harington and Josias Nichols, the first a layman and the second a deprived minister and both interpreters of the reformed English episcopate. An interrogation of their texts shows that both writers identified dissent which emanated from within the reformed episcopate of the Church of England; Nichols in particular asserted his loyalty to the Church of England at the same time that lie had dissented from it, using the names and precedents of reformed bishops to argue away accusations of dissent. In examining the responses of Harington and Nichols to the episcopate, this article accounts for the exercise of episcopal authority which was explicitly reformed and Protestant, a point revealed by Harington's emphasis on the episcopal responsibility for enacting religious reform and Nichols's account of bishops who sheltered dissenters and encouraged reform of the church.
Keyword Reform
episcopal hierarchy
Protestant
Church of England
John Harington
Josias Nichols
English episcopate
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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