By Kenneth Carleton

The English bishops performed a vital position within the strategy of Reformation within the 16th century, from the 1st arrival of continental Reformed notion to the digital extinction of the workplace in 1559. This paintings has at its middle the bishops' personal realizing of the episcopate, drawn from their surviving writings and different modern discussions; this sort of examine is essential to knowing what turned of the English Church of the center a while and what it used to be to develop into less than Elizabeth. Carleton examines the interaction among bishop and king, the episcopate within the context of alternative orders, and the social context of the place of work; he reports episcopal job in key components similar to preaching, ordaining, and opposing heresy; and he notes the impression of the types which the bishops themselves organize as beliefs, such a lot particularly Christ himself because the excellent bishop. The backgrounds of the bishops are set out within the appendix.

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36 Indeed, this opinion seems to have been shared by Barlow, who considered that consecration as such was not necessary to the making of a bishop, that appointment alone suf®ced. In 1536, a number of articles had been sent to Cromwell by Rowland Lee, Bishop of Coventry and Lich®eld and Lord President of the Marches of Wales, against Barlow and a preacher named Tally. The charges against the Bishop were based around a sermon which he had given on 12 November 1536; in the course of that sermon he af®rmed and sayde that .

The ®rst 81 82 83 De vera obedientia, pp. 102, 118, 128. 22. 25v±26r. 36 THEOLOGIES OF EPISCOPACY IN MID-TUDOR ENGLAND bishops were simply the senior presbyters, elected in the local churches from among their number. The practice had grown as a result, he believed, of the need to provide an individual who could be a focus of unity in the face of schism. Fox also made a major contribution to the compilation of the Institution of a Christian Man, usually known as the Bishops' Book, which was completed in 1537.

342±3. , Epistolae Reginaldi Poli, ed. , 5 volumes (Brescia, 1744±57) iv, 120. 56 `Sustained by the Queen's authority'; Articles and Injunctions, p. 325. 53 27 BISHOPS AND REFORM IN THE ENGLISH CHURCH, 1520 ±1559 The validity of holy orders conferred during the period of schism, and particularly those conferred using the rites of the 1550 and 1552 Ordinals, came frequently under question and often proved to be a source of some considerable confusion. All clergy ordained by the rites of the Reformed Ordinals were obliged to seek reconciliation before they were permitted to exercise their of®ce under the restored Catholic rites.

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