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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 half the 16th century. Clerical celibacy used to be greater than an summary theological notion; it was once a critical snapshot of mediaeval Catholicism which used to be shattered by way of the doctrinal iconoclasm of Protestant reformers. This examine units the controversy over clerical marriage in the context of the foremost debates of the Reformation, providing insights into the character of the reformers’ makes an attempt to damage with the Catholic earlier, and illustrating the connection among English polemicists and their continental opposite numbers. the talk was once no longer with no sensible results, and the writer units this examine 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 facts of wills, visitation documents, and the court cases of the ecclesiastical courts. regardless of the broadcast rhetoric, dogmatic certainties have been frequently past the achieve of the bulk, and the author’s conclusions spotlight the chasm that may exist among polemical perfect and useful truth in the course of the turmoil of the Reformation.

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