The Failure Of Elizabethan Puritanism In Years To 1588 Was Primarily The Queens Determination To Defend The Church Settlement In Every Detail.

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In Elizabethan England, the Puritans were very devote Protestants and were unsatisfied with the elements of Elizabeth’s Religious Settlement. They only accepted placements in the new church in an attempt to change it from inside. They wanted more aspects of their religion to be incorporated into the settlement, such as plain clergical dress. In this essay, I am going to discuss whether it was only the Queen’s determination that suppressed the Puritans or if there were any other factors involved. On the one hand it was Queen’s determination that stopped the Puritans. For example, there was always her intervention. In 1572, she refused for a bill to be read in Parliament to attempt to introduce a more Calvinist doctrine. She also imprisoned some of the main leaders such as Cartwright. This managed to break the circle of organization so the members had no one to follow. Elizabeth also pushed for the suppression of prophesying, as it would cause controversy if they were to discuss everything they believed wrong with her Settlement. However, Elizabeth’s current Archbishop, Grindal, refused to carry out her orders and instead supported the idea. In reaction to this, Elizabeth dismissed him from his post and instead found a new Archbishop in 1583 that would be loyal to her, Whitgift. He forbade unlicensed preaching, and religious practices with the Queen’s assent. This shows that the Queen wanted someone who would push her campaigns and help her to crush the Puritans by ensuring they are pursued; therefore showing her determination to ensure her Religious Settlement was followed

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