"Scholarly, lucid, illuminating, objective and extremely readable . . . an outstanding contribution." (Church Times
"Good historical writing is a rare commodity, and it is a pleasure to meet it in Claire Cross's new book." (The Tablet)
This captivating volume provides an account of the rivalry between the two kingdoms of Church & State between the years 1450 & 1660. It shows how the division of Church & State was challenged by the laities insistence on their right to choose not only between different systems of Church government, but also between different forms of religious belief.