The European Reformations of the sixteenth century were fundamental influences on the shaping of modern Western Christianity. This unit will examine ways in which English Christianity was influenced by the religious changes of this period. While attending to other forms of English Christianity, the unit will particularly explore how the predominant form of English Christianity in the sixteenth century - the established Church of England - was shaped through a long Reformation from the 1530s to 1662. The unit will explore ways in which English Christianity in this period was influenced by continental religious developments, as well as by political and cultural developments in the period. Attention will be paid to the historiography of the English Reformations.

Unit code: CH9310T

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Church History

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Analyse the causes and consequences of the religious changes in this period of English history.


Articulate a critical understanding of the key figures of the English reforms, and their contributions to reformed English Christianity


Engage critically with the main historiographical interpretations of the English Reformations

Unit sequence

1 foundational unit in CH as prerequisite


Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • G W Bernard, The King’s Reformation: Henry VIII and the Remaking of the English Church (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001)
  • A G Dickens, The English Reformation (London: Batsford, 2nd edn 1989).
  • Susan Doran, Elizabeth I and Her Circle (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • Eamon Duffy, Fires of Faith: Catholic England under Mary Tudor (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009).
  • Christopher Haigh (ed.), English Reformations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993)
  • Felicity Heal, Reformation in Britain and Ireland (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).
  • Peter Marshall, Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017)
  • Peter Marshall, Reformation England (London: Bloomsbury, 3rd edn 2022)
  • Diarmaid McCulloch, Thomas Cranmer: A Life (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996).
  • Diarmaid McCulloch, Thomas Cromwell: A Life (London: Allen Lane, 2018).


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Document Study - Primary source analysis 1500 25.0
Essay - Historiographical essay 2000 35.0
Essay - Critical essay 2500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 27 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-27 15:05:57 +1000