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By Charles W. A. Prior

A examine of the political and spiritual rules that contributed to the cave in of the authority of Charles I in 1642, this article aids the old figuring out of the factors and nature of the English Civil conflict and demanding situations of the dominant interpretations of the conflict.

summary: A learn of the political and non secular rules that contributed to the cave in of the authority of Charles I in 1642, this article aids the old figuring out of the reasons and nature of the English Civil struggle and demanding situations of the dominant interpretations of the clash

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I, 103–4. Ibid. Pt. I, 126–7. Ibid. Pt. II, 115–16. Otto Gierke, Political Theories of the Middle Age, trans. F. W. Maitland (Cambridge, 1900). 28 A Confusion of Tongues The practical circumstances of the accession of James VI and I in 1603 were the spur to this pattern of thinking, which did much to justify the King’s attempts to bring a measure of control to the Scottish Kirk. 52 A further celebratory sermon, preached by the courtier John Gordon, argued that ‘the contrary vertue to Division (which is Union) is the basis of the preservation of all spiritual and Temporal felicity’; the instrument of this union was religion.

94 Robert Abbot, The old vvaye. A sermon preached at Oxford, the eight day of Iuly, being the Act Sunday. 1610 (1610), 8. 96 Thomas Adams, an advocate of ceremonialism, ranked internal struggles in the Church as a threat greater than ‘Spanish blades’. A church divided could not fend off the challenges of its enemies; indeed, its survival depended on unity and orthodoxy. Adams lumped together Roman subversion, the clamouring of Protestant Separatists, and those among the English clergy who maintained a principled stand against the English confession: Looke but on the effects, and you will confesse this is a dangerous sicknesse.

Church and Realm: The Politics of Religion 29 commonwealth, to guide, govern, and order people within their several circuites and charges . . 58 Where critics of over-reaching episcopal power saw its application in the civil sphere as a threat to liberties protected by common law, others maintained that it was the connection between the civil power and the church that made English sovereignty complete. 60 COMMON LAW, UNIVERSAL CHURCH Holistic models of the church and commonwealth should be interpreted as vital components of how contemporaries understood their ecclesiastical constitution.

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