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