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Richard Hooker’s reputation

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Hooker?s book, the first half of which appeared in 1593, was not to be merely another work of anti-presbyterian polemic: just as well, because after 1591, the struggle with presbyterianism was yesterday?s news. Polemic there did remain, and despite Hooker?s reputation for ?judiciousness?, polemic is plain to see in his text, which sometimes drips with sarcasm. There is much truth in the aphorism of Conal Condren that Hooker?s reputation as authoritative representative of the Church of England was ?assured by an uneasy alliance of his church?s enemies??Jesuits on the one hand, and angry Scots Presbyterians on the other. The story of Hooker?s reputation and influence after the Walton biography now becomes two stories, distinct although repeatedly overlapping: one his reputation as ecclesiastical authority, the other his usefulness as a political theorist of consent and contract.

Keywords: judiciousness; Presbyterianism; reputation; Richard Hooker; Walton biography



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