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This introductory chapter of this book on sixteenth-century political thought provides an insight into the key themes discussed in the chapters of the book. In many ways parts of this book aims to address and correct what Peter Lake has recently identified as the 'inherently secular' account of the republican strand in Tudor political culture. Each chapter begins with an overview of the medieval and Henrician understanding of the concept in question, thus giving the reader an understanding of the traditions that English Protestants were both drawing upon and abandoning. For the most part the Protestants covered in this study are those who held official positions in the English church or whose vocation was defined by some religious office. Thus bishops, deans, divines, preachers, and translators of religious literature is the focus of this book.

Keywords: English church; English Protestants; Henrician understanding; sixteenth-century political thought; Tudor England



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