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By Helen L. Parish

This quantity is an exam of the controversy over clerical marriage in Reformation polemic, and of its effect at the English clergy within the moment half the 16th century. Clerical celibacy was once greater than an summary theological thought; it used to be a vital picture of mediaeval Catholicism which used to be shattered through the doctrinal iconoclasm of Protestant reformers. This learn units the controversy over clerical marriage in the context of the foremost debates of the Reformation, delivering insights into the character of the reformers’ makes an attempt to wreck with the Catholic prior, and illustrating the connection among English polemicists and their continental opposite numbers. the controversy was once now not with no useful outcomes, and the writer units this research of polemical arguments along an research of the reaction of clergy in different English dioceses to the legalisation of clerical marriage in 1549. Conclusions are established upon the proof of wills, visitation documents, and the complaints of the ecclesiastical courts. regardless of the broadcast rhetoric, dogmatic certainties have been usually past the succeed in of the bulk, and the author’s conclusions spotlight the chasm that may exist among polemical excellent and functional truth in the course of the turmoil of the Reformation.

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