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A History of the Protestant "Reformation" in England and Ireland

A History of the Protestant "Reformation" in England and Ireland [Kindle Edition]

William Cobbett
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Showing how that event has impoverished and degraded the main body of the people in those countries. In a series of letters addressed to all sensible and just Englishmen.

Originally published 1824.

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  • Print Length: 630 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 145101712X
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener 1 April 2009
Like GK Chesterton, Cobbett manages to take a subject with which everyone is familiar, and for which there is a settled view, and turn it upside down. In the process the familiar is shown to be made of cardboard and the settled to be a calumny.

Cobbett was a brave man who fought for the rights of the Common Man all his life. That would put the fire in his belly, but what makes this such a great book is its immense readability, especially given that it was written almost 200 years ago. It has wit, humour, verve, fire and energy, but above all clarity. Heartily recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars REQUIRED READING. 11 Feb 2014
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This book should be required reading for every young man and woman in England. The pack of lies and bias which is peddled in our country is destroyed by this book !
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1.0 out of 5 stars Where was the Editor? 14 May 2013
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This work was reduced almost to a farce by thenumber of errors. The title page is in a form of alpha- numerics. The spelling and punctuation are erratic. Cobbett's powerful English is damaged. I awarded this edition with one star only because it is necessary to give the star rating inorder to give one's comments. Kindle, you have let yourself down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting 10 Feb 2014
By benny
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I knew nothing about the destruction of the monasteries in Britain, apart from what we see on T.V shows about the Tudors. The writer is a protestant who sets out to tell the truth about the period. Very revealing and informative. Made me dislike the Hilary Mantel books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terribly Important! 4 Mar 2007
By Michael Tozer - Published on
William Cobbett's book is extraordinarily well done and terribly important. The author presents the bloody and horrible story of the persecution of Holy Church in England and Ireland from the time of Henry VIII to the reign of George III. This book is even more interesting in light of the fact that it was rendered by a Protestant expositor, who understood the persecution of Holy Church and the devastating impact of that persecution from a political and economic, rather than from a theological, perspective.

Cobbett does an exceptional job of linking together the bloody reformation of Henry VIII with the regicide of Charles I, the usurpation of England's last Catholic monarch, James II, the American Revolution, and the French Revolution. Evidently, Cobbett inspired both Belloc and Chesterton. Those who love the histories of Belloc will be well served by reading Cobbett's important contribution. His description of the ecomomic ramifications of the persecution of Catholicism in the British Isles is astounding. And his identification of the tremendous contributions of Catholicism to the glory that was England is equally important and interesting.

Read this very important book. And be richly blessed, and well informed by the experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable 29 Mar 2005
By Brad Shorr - Published on
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Cobbett wrote this energetic and vitriolic history of the Reformation in the early 1800's. It turned conventional wisdom on its head and influenced many high-powered pro-Catholic intellectuals, including Hilaire Belloc and GK Chesterton. Cobbett's basic premise is that the Reformation destroyed the social fabric of England, which had been sewn together so elegantly under nine centuries of Catholic influence and rule. His detailed account of Henry VIII's profligacy, the rapacious deeds of his political heirs and allies, and the havoc they wrought upon the citizenry, especially the poor citizenry, make a supremely convincing argument. Although Cobbett wields a venomous pen, he researched his subject well and appears to have most of his facts straight. And although he interprets the facts in the worst possible light, there is no getting around the one simple fact that greed, lust and hatred motivated many of England's "reformers". Cobbett's style is conversational--as if he were writing you a letter, almost--and is remarkably readable for a work of that period. I think any investigation of the Reformation should include this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Eye-Opener! 21 Nov 1997
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I enjoyed Cobbett's "History of the Protestant Reformation in England and Ireland" immensely. It truly was an eye-opener regarding the commonly held notions of this period in British history.
Reading this book, I learned --- among many other surprising things --- that "Bloody Mary" was not really so bloody, that "Good Queen Bess" was not really so good, that the "Glorious Revolution" was not all that glorious, and that maybe England might have been better off had King Henry VIII controlled his passion and greed and left things as he had found them.
If nothing else Cobbett's book provides a fascinating alternative viewpoint to what we learned in school. (And he is not afraid to cite his sources in footnotes so readers may check his accuracy.)
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars .... 8 Mar 2001
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Preface, by Francis Cardinal Gasquet. This famous and highly respected work will be an eye-opening education for the person accustomed to the bland, factless, churchless, accepted "history" found in so many books today. It is a tragic depiction of the loss of millions upon millions of souls to the Catholic Faith, but very worth reading for getting the entire story straight - and all by a Protestant writer. This was written between 1824 and 1827 and has been reprinted many times by Catholic publishers because it gives the true and usually untold story of the Protestant Revolt in England during the 16th century. Even though a Protestant, the author shows that England was better when it was Catholic. For example, during Catholic times there was greater prosperity, no penury, no poor laws, almost no crime, no income tax, and a greater national military strength. Whereas, with the "Reformation" came the destruction of the monasteries, the driving of countless thousands of tenant farmers from the lands they had formerly rented (virtually in perpetuity and at cheap rents) from the Catholic monasteries, the creation of a vast number of homeless poor, the subsequent poor laws, income tax, a diminished military capacity, despotism by the monarchs, the Puritan Revolt, dictatorship of Cromwell, an increase of taxation, the rise of the national debt, and finally the American Revolution. Wow! Great stuff!
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proof the English 'Reformation' is a bad joke 16 Nov 2003
By HappyDaze11 - Published on
In some arguments with authentic Protestants of the Luther and Calvin vein, I learned for the first time that an authentic protestant does not consider the protestant 'conversion' in England to be a real one. Due to the passage of time and insufficient coverage and study of the Reformation, it was by generalized usage, that the Protestant move of England was lumped in with Calvin and Luther and Protestant thinking on the continent and also in Scotland.
This book, after which I do believe Cobbett did jail time, is so much proof that the English Reformation was one bent on pillage, looting and thievery of the highest order. The systematic looting of the manastaries, and the installment of the best and most productive thiefs into the House of Lords, thereby enshrining the families who stole the most from monastaries and hospitals and convents into the government of England up until the present day, is absolute proof of that sham called English Protestantism. The same 'Lords' installed during this time period, where the same Lords and horrendous monarchy that the United States had to break away from. This is the history that this book lays forth, and by and English Protestant no less. Do not let other reviewers fool you, Cobbett was at no phase of his life, keen on kneeling before the Pope.
This book is not propaganda, while the book is written in the stlye of an argument, the events, the lootings, and the revolts against the 'Protestants' all over England are given play. Also the horror of industrialism etc., did occur as feared by Cobbett in the forms of all the child labor used in England, as well as the sale of white slaves (see my other reviews) from England Ireland and Scotland.
This book allows you to make first, the leap that Protestant thought as developed by Luther and Calvin was partially adopted in England FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF LOOTING THE CAHTOLIC CHURCH, and secondly, you will need no other proof that the English monarchy is so decrepid as to demand every free person mock them all in their graves. Diana and Charles were certainly worthy heirs to that system, as Cobbett, on every page, will tell you.
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