By Helen L. Parish

This quantity is an exam of the talk over clerical marriage in Reformation polemic, and of its influence at the English clergy within the moment 1/2 the 16th century. Clerical celibacy used to be greater than an summary theological thought; it was once a principal snapshot of mediaeval Catholicism which was once shattered by way of the doctrinal iconoclasm of Protestant reformers. This examine units the talk over clerical marriage in the context of the foremost debates of the Reformation, supplying insights into the character of the reformers’ makes an attempt to damage with the Catholic prior, and illustrating the connection among English polemicists and their continental opposite numbers. the talk was once no longer with out useful effects, 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 court cases of the ecclesiastical courts. regardless of the broadcast rhetoric, dogmatic certainties have been usually past the achieve of the bulk, and the author’s conclusions spotlight the chasm that can exist among polemical perfect and useful truth throughout the turmoil of the Reformation.

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