HIS 384M • Seminar in Tudor-Stuart Hist
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
This reading seminar will explore the main developments in the religious history of England from the Reformation of the 1530s to the Toleration Act of 1689. We will begin with a study of the background, development and effects of the Henrician and Edwardian Reformations. We will then examine the religious conflicts of the period between 1558 and 1660, emphasizing the Puritan attempt to reform the Church, the various programs of the English Catholics, the emergence of Arminianism, and the development of sectarian radicalism during the revolution of the 1640s. The last section of the course will deal with the Established Church as well as Protestant and Catholic Dissent during the Restoration period and the Glorious Revolution. In the course of the semester we shall address such questions as the content of popular religion, the relationship between religion and magic, the connection between Protestantism and capitalism, and Protestant views regarding marriage and sexuality.