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on August 31, 2011
As an Episcopal priest, I'm constantly explaining to people that it wasn't really Henry VIII that started the Church of England so that he could get a divorce. He broke from the authority of Rome, yes, but he remained more or less a committed Catholic in spirituality and theology until his dying day.

People who know a bit more about Anglicanism's history consider that it is Elizabeth I who really got Anglicanism going, but McCulloch turns our attention gently towards Elizabeth's younger half-brother, Edward VI. It was during his reign that the first Books of Common Prayer were published, which firmly launched the church of the realm into Protestant directions. But Edward was just a boy, wasn't he? Wasn't he basically a puppet of his Protestant-minded minders? Well, yes and no. And the exploration of this point is, for me, the finest part of McCulloch's scholarship (which is top-notch, as usual).

This book is recommended for those who are very interested in the Reformation in England, but perhaps should only be read after books that treat of the entire era, such as English Reformations: Religion, Politics, and Society under the Tudors or The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580.
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on January 1, 2013
This is an interesting book about the history and politics that shaped the Reformation in England during the reign of Edward VI. It includes references to original sources as well as reproductions of portraits and wood cuts of the period. MacCulloch asserts that this period of time is not given enough respect by historians. It was during this time that the Book of Common Prayer, a form of which is used by the Anglicans today, was first published. It was also during this time that the Church of England changed to an evangelical theology. It is very readable by non-scholars as well.
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on January 21, 2016
Heavy on religion and religious views of
Edward and his siblngs.
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on January 22, 2016
It was all about the reformation and almost nothing about Edward
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