The Reformation in the British Isles


Rev. Prof. Austin Cooper OMI AM
Eight Saturdays, 2020
7, 14 March; 18 April; 2 May
1, 29 August; 12 September; 10 October
10.00am – 3.00pm
This unit surveys Church and State relationships in England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland in the 16th Century: the unfolding of the Reformation under Henry VIII in England; its extension then in Ireland and Wales; the influence of the Continental Reformers during the early 16th century and especially during the reign of Edward VI; the restoration of Catholicism during the reign of Mary I and finally the religious settlement during that of Elizabeth I. The special case of Scotland and the unique relationship with the reform movement centred in Geneva will be treated. Finally some attention will be devoted to the Catholic ‘Recusants’ and other minority groups.

Census Date

Tuesday 5 May



intensive mode: 10.00am – 3.00pm 


second level
  • seminar notes (1,000-words) 30%
  • one 3,000-word essay 70%
third level
  • seminar notes (1,000-words) 30%
  • one 4,000-word essay 70%


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  • Brigden, Susan. New Worlds, Lost Worlds: The Rule of the Tudors 1485-1603. London: Allen Lane, 2000.
  • Ha Polly, and Patrick Collinson, eds. The Reception of Continental Reformation in Britain. Proceedings of the British Academy 164. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Haigh, Christopher. The Plain Man’s Pathways to Heaven: Kinds of Christianity in Post-Reformation England, 1570–1640. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Jones, Norman. The English Reformation: Religion and Cultural Adaptation. Oxford: Blackwell, 2002.
  • Kellar, Clare. Scotland, England, and the Reformation: 1534–1561. Oxford Historical Monographs. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Kreider, Alan. English Chantries: The Road to Dissolution. Harvard Historical Studies. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1979.
  • MacCulloch, Diarmaid. Later Reformation in England 1547–1603. 2nd ed. British History in Perspective. Hampshire: Palgrave, 2001.
  • Marshall, Peter. Religious Identities in Henry VIII’s England. St. Andrew’s Studies in Reformation History. Abingdon: Ashgate, 2006.
  • Tittler, Robert and Norman Jones, eds. A Companion to Tudor Britain. Blackwell Companions to British History. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.