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Heretics and BelieversA History of the English Reformation$
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Peter Marshall

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300170627

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300170627.001.0001

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(p.303) 10 Josiah
Heretics and Believers

Peter Marshall

Yale University Press

This chapter examines Edward VI's accession to the throne in 1547 at the age of nine following the death of his father, Henry VIII. The weight of evangelical expectation resting on Edward's shoulders was made plain to him at his coronation on 20 February. A much quoted address on the occasion by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer — in which he hailed the young king as ‘a second Josiah’, the King of Judah who succeeded his father at the age of eight, and as a young adult destroyed altars and images erected to the worship of Baal — is a clever late-seventeenth-century forgery. The chapter discusses the changes and problems that marked Edward's reign, focusing on issues relating to royal visitation, the nature of the eucharist, liturgy and the introduction of a new Prayer Book, and the heresy of the anabaptists.

Keywords:   visitation, Edward VI, Henry VIII, Thomas Cranmer, worship, eucharist, liturgy, Prayer Book, heresy, anabaptists

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