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In a volume requiring references to a considerable number and variety of authors, errors will doubtless be detected, but it is hoped that, in the main, accuracy of statement and arrangement has been preserved.

The writer desires to thank the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln for the free use which they have allowed him of their excellent Library.

Waddington, June, 1861.

Contents of Vol. I.


The death of Elizabeth an epoch- Providential overruling

in the English Reformation-Its conservative character-

Importance of this -- Personal character of the rulers in the

Reformation-era not favourable to it-Great services of Arch-

bishop Whitgift-Poverty of parochial clergy-Church

dragged into persecution by State; but in some points deserving

blame-Horrible treatment of the fanatics-Guilt of the

Queen- Arbitrariness of her rule—The Church affected by

it-Great advantage to the Church of the reign of Edward

VI.—Want of popular sympathy with the Established

Church- The Puritans-Change in the ground of contro-

versy between them and the Church-Beginning of the

assertion of Episcopacy by divine right-Opinions on the

Predestinarian doctrines-Doctrine of the Eucharist- Of

the observance of the Lord's Day-State kept by the Bishops

– Adulation used by Bishops—Court of High Commission

- Difficulties of all parties—Puritan expectations from

James-His real views of the Puritans—Importance of the

character of the king—A review of King James's writings :

Paraphrase on Apocalypse ; Treatise on Demonology ; Basi-

licon Doron; True law of free Monarchies; Counterblast to

Tobacco ; Apology for Oath of Allegiance; Treatise against

Vorstius ; Against Cardinal Perron; Meditations on Lord's

Prayer-Character of his writings-His opinions and cha-

racter-Chief divines at this period— Bilson's Treatise on

Church Government -- Field Of the Church - Contro-

versy forced upon our divines—Bishop Andrewes's Sermons

-Want of earnestness prevalent in the Church-Strange

doctrines in Bishop Andrewes's sermons-Controversial and

Political character of the Church gives great advantage to

Puritans—The Romanists—Hardships of their condition-

Difficulties through which the Church had to pass—Danger

of power to the Church . . . . . Page 1

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