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Fascinating insight into the turmoil of the Tudor church
on 2 January 2002
This book is fascinating, not least because we learn as much about Duffy's views as Sir Christopher Trychay's! He is not sympathetic to what the English reformers were trying to do, but he does at least concede that in the end, Sir Christopher's use of the Homilies and of the Book of CommonPrayer might have changed his views.
If you have read this book, I would recommend (as a counterbalance) Diarmid McCullough's magisterial biography of Cranmer, and his "Tudor Church Militant" - both mentioned in Duffy's bibliography. McCullough shows that the English Reformation was much more of a popular revolution than historians like Duffy acknowledge. Could the religious character of England really have been turned around by a handful of zealots?