By Jonathan Michael Gray

ISBN-10: 1107018021

ISBN-13: 9781107018020

The perform of swearing oaths used to be on the centre of the English Reformation. at the one hand, oaths have been the medium by which the Henrician regime carried out its ideology and secured loyalty one of the humans. at the different, they have been the instrument during which the English humans embraced, resisted and manipulated royal coverage. Jonathan Michael grey argues that because the Reformation used to be negotiated via oaths, their detailed value and serve as are principal to figuring out it absolutely. Oaths and the English Reformation sheds new gentle at the motivation of Henry VIII, the enforcement of and resistance to reform and the level of renowned participation and negotiation within the political procedure. putting oaths on the center of the narrative, this e-book argues that the English Reformation was resolute as a lot by means of its approach to implementation and reaction because it was once via the theology or political concept it transmitted.

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50v –51r , 286r –290v ; BL Lansdowne MS 621, fols. 105r –112v ; BL Lansdowne MS 762, fols. 40r –45v ; BL Harleian MS 160, fols. 185r –199r ; BL Harleian MS 433, fols. 301r –305v ; BL Harleian MS 785, fols. 90v –93v ; BL Harleian MS 6873, fols. 2r –15v . Although this list is not comprehensive, it certainly will provide the reader with a sense of the standard forms of oaths of office. ‘In the begynnynge was that worde, and that worde was with god: and god was thatt worde’; John 1:1; Tyndale, New Testament 1526.

Put simply, the Gospels were the word of God. 43 The Gospels were also tangible witnesses of the Incarnation, death, and Resurrection of Jesus and his promise that those who believe in him will have eternal life. By swearing on the Gospels, then, the swearer called the second person of the Trinity (Christ) as his or her witness since it was in the Gospels that Jesus Christ’s divinity was revealed. The Gospels were the means through which people came to know Christ. 44 The sermon on perjury in Cranmer’s Book of Homilies expanded: So that whosoever wilfully forsweareth hymself upon Christes holy evangely, thei utterly forsake Gods mercy, goodnes and truth, the merites of our savior Christes nativitie, lyfe, passion, death, resurrection and ascencion.

By swearing on the Gospels, then, the swearer called the second person of the Trinity (Christ) as his or her witness since it was in the Gospels that Jesus Christ’s divinity was revealed. The Gospels were the means through which people came to know Christ. 44 The sermon on perjury in Cranmer’s Book of Homilies expanded: So that whosoever wilfully forsweareth hymself upon Christes holy evangely, thei utterly forsake Gods mercy, goodnes and truth, the merites of our savior Christes nativitie, lyfe, passion, death, resurrection and ascencion.

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