The Elizabethan Settlement

 

The catholic restoration collapsed with Mary’s death (1558) and the accession of her half-sister, Elizabeth, who was determined to pursue a less radical Protestantism.

Elizabeth I


     

The Act of Supremacy (1559) against which all the bishops present voted, made the Queen supreme governor of the Church in England.


The Act of Supremacy

   

Puritans hoped for more sweeping reform.

But in the search for identity, exemplified in the writings of Richard Hooker and others, the newly emerging Church of England preserved many aspects of the “old religion”, including the three-fold ministry of bishops, priests and deacons.

Richard Hooker

   

Post-Reformation church interior reflects the new emphasis on Scripture and preaching.


Bylaugh Church, Norfolk