Sunday, September 04, 2011

Scholar's Choice, Religious Reformations (pre-1547)

J. Foxe, Acts and Monuments
(1563), detail
Undergraduate group “b” discussion leaders have been asked to provide 1-2 sentences for each of 3 documents from Key and Bucholz, Sources and Debates, ch. 3 “Religious Reformations” [docs. 3.1-3.11], as to what seems useful or interesting about the document, in a comment below (beginning with the one they'd most like to examine/explain/contextualize).  [By Sept. 9. Fri., Group b recommendations are due (online); document assignments & readings distributed by Sun.; Sept. 15. Thurs. Presentations.]


Tim Deters said...

3.2- I found this sermon to be very fascinating and revealing in its candidness. The fact that a man of God would verbally attack his fellow clergy is bold and courageous. The vanity and hypocrisy of these men had become a stain upon the reputation of the Church, and Colet would not stand for it any longer.

3.4- Henry VIII's letter to Anne Boleyn is very revealing in terms of his lustful nature. It is interesting to get a glimpse of his sexual side, which would prove to bring much drama throughout his reign.

3.11- This Act illustrates the vision Henry VIII had in reforming the religious practices in his realm. It is interesting how clearly it lays out several key points that clergy must observe and practice if they are to remain in good standing (and alive) with the Crown.

-Tim Deters-

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pinkgirl2012 said...

3.4 Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn.I chose this document because it shows Henry’s vulnerability and how he confides in Anne. Also it shows how close they were even before they were married.

3.2 Colets Convocation Sermon. This document is interesting because he criticizes the church and the problems. It shows the problems in the church before the Reformation.

3.18 The Elizabeth Injunction. This document is a good example of what the after effects of the Reformation have, and how Elizabeth supports the Church.

Rebecca Berkowicz

Kate Brown said...

3.11- I chose this document because the title made it sound like an interesting read. It was, in fact, interesting because you can see how even though the document was written to portray "godly" laws, it also is highly influenced by man. I also found the conflict between Protestantism and Catholicism in this article fascinating.

3.8- I chose this document because it had to do with law. The clear discrepancies with who can convict who adds an interesting dynamic to this piece.

3.9- I read this article because it was a response to the 3.8 article. There is a clear difference in tone from article 3.8 to 3.9 which means that the clergy were scared by the King's response. They would rather submit to the King's wishes then engage in another fiery text from him.

Kate Brown

Melissa N. said...

3.5 Cardinal Campeggio's account of his dealings with Henry VIII candidly reveals the beginning of Henry's split with the Church. I found it interesting that Cardinal Campeggio hatched up a scheme, much to Henry's delight, to "persuad[e] the queen to enter some religious house."

Melissa N. said...

3.6 Since it goes along with the previous article (3.5), I chose Cardinal Campeggio's other article. Unlike the previous letter, however, Henry VIII had obviously split with the Church by this time. Campeggio's letter reveals the different beliefs of the Catholics and the Lutherans.

Melissa N. said...

3.11 This "Act Abolishing Diversity of Opinions (1539)" is interesting because it proves that although Henry parted ways with the Catholic Church, he still believed and held onto the teachings of Catholicism. I think it really reveals Henry's true character.

Anonymous said...

3.8 - I found this source very compelling of Henry's power over the church. That they would much rather submit to his will, than to challange him. It shows that the state would be in control over the direction in which religion would go.

3.6- I found this letter written by Cardinal Campeggio to be quite interesting. He is disscussing with the Pope the influence that Lutherans were now having upon English court and society. Also how Henry neither dismisses or acknowledges the presence of the Lutherans, but how he attacks the sins of the court in Rome.

3.4- Henry's letter to Anne Boleyn revals his intimate side and his feelings toward her, even before marriage. Also, how much of him that he confides in her.

Coleman Covington

Cal Arthur said...

3.4 – Henry VIII’s letter to Anne Boleyn begins by addressing her as sweetheart. At the end of the brief letter Henry states that he wishes he was in her arms. I chose this because it shows Henrys affectionate side towards another women, in his position as King.

3.5 – Cardinal Campeggio’s letters on the Kings Great Matter deal with his accounts while he spent four hours with the King. During this time we see the split between Henry and the Church. It was also interesting that the Cardinal came up with the idea to store Henrys wife in a religious house.

3.11 – Act of Abolishing diversity of Opinions deals with how Henry changed things after his split. Its interesting because it appears that Henry wanted to maintain traditional theology and ritual. This act is what helps characterize the Henrican Church.

- Cal

Kristy Boorsma said...

3.10 Not all the people of England accepted the new English Church. The Dissolution of the Monasteries angered the people more than any other order that Henry gave during his Reformation.

3.5 Henry VIII wanted so desperately to divorce his wife that he consulted with a Cardinal to come up with a way to do so. Henry even would have given into any demands of his wife's, such as allowing their daughter to have the throne if no male heirs were born.

3.3 This is a great article that shows the views of a non-Catholic who would be accepting of new religious change.


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