History of the English Reformation & Puritan Era

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Parker Society Publications



The Early Writers

“The early writers are still important, especially for their documents.” – Owen Chadwick


Fuller, Thomas – The Church History of Britain from the Birth of Jesus Christ until 1648, vol. 1, 2, 3  1868

Fox, John – The Acts and Monuments, Complete Edition, vol. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8  1837  with a preliminary dissertation by George Townsend

Dixon, Richard Watson – A History of the Church of England, vol. 1 (1529-1537), 2 (1538-1548), 3 (1549-1553), 4 (1553-1558), 5 (1558-1563), 6 (1564-1570)  1887-1902  The history runs from 1529-1570

Dixon was strongly Anglican.

Burnet, Gilbert – The History of the Reformation of the Church of England, vol. 1, 2, 3, 4  1839

Strype, John

Ecclesiastical Memorials Relating Chiefly to Religion, and the Reformation of it, and the Emergencies of the Church of England, under King Henry VIII, King Edward VI, and Queen Mary I: with large appendixes, containing original papers, records, etc., vol. 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2  1822

Historical Collections of the Life and Acts of John Aylmer, Bishop of London in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth, wherein are Explained many Transactions of the Church of England, and what methods were then taken to preserve it, with respect both to the Papist and Puritan  1821  280 pp.

Cardwell, Edward

Documentary Annals of the Reformed Church of England, being a Collection of Injunctions, Declarations, Orders, Articles of Inquiry, etc., from the year 1546 to 1716, with notes Historical and Explanatory, vol. 1, 2  1844

A History of Conferences and other Proceedings connected with the Revision of the Book of Common Prayer from 1558-1690  1850  480 pp.




Makower, F. – The Constitutional History and Constitution of the Church of England  1895  560 pp.

“Impossible to read, but a mine of information.” – Owen Chadwick

Heppe, Heinrich – The Reformers of England and Germany in the Sixteenth Century:  Their Intercourse and Correspondence.  A Historical Sketch and Original Documents  Buy  1859  225 pp.  with an Appendix containing twelve primary source letters in Latin

Elton, G.R. – The Tudor Constitution: Documents and Commentary  Buy  1960  528 pp.

Tanner, J.R. – Tudor Constitutional Documents: AD 1485-1603, with a Historical Commentary  1922  665 pp.

Gee, Henry & William Hardy – Documents Illustrative of English Church History, compiled from Original Sources  1896  705 pp.

“Fullest upon the sixteenth century.” – Owen Chadwick




Parker, T.M. – The English Reformation to 1558  175 pp.  1960

Powicke, F.M. – The Reformation in England  Buy  Oxford



English Presbyterianism

M’Crie, Thomas – Annals of English Presbytery: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time  1872  345 pp.

Drysdale, A.H. – History of the Presbyterians in England: their Rise, Decline and Revival  1880  655 pp.


English Presbyterian Eloquence, or Dissenters’ Saying Ancient and Modern, collected from the Books and Sermons of the Presbyterians, etc. from the Reign of Queen Elizabeth to the Present Time, wherein it appears that the Presbyterians have constantly attempted to subvert the Fundamental Articles of the Christian Faith, to abolish the doctrine and discipline of the Church established by law, etc.  1720  155 pp.



Stoughton, John – History of Religion in England, from the Opening of the Long Parliament to the mid-1800’s, vol. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8  1882

Dalton, Hermannn – John A Lasco: his Earlier Life and Labors: a Contribution to the History of the Reformation in Poland, Germany and England  1886  390 pp.

ed. Stephens & Hunt

Frere, W.H. – The English Church in the Reigns of Elizabeth and James I, 1558-1625  1904  430 pp.

Gairdner, James – The English Church in the Sixteenth Century from the Accession of Henry VIII to the Death of Mary  1903  450 pp.

Hutton, William Holden – The English Church from the Accession of Charles I to the Death of Anne, 1625-1714  1903  380 pp.

Selborne, Lord – Notes on Some Passages in the Liturgical History of the Reformed English Church  1878  215 pp.

Hannah, William – Wycliffe and the Huguenots, or Sketches of the Rise of the Reformation in England and of the Early History of Protestantism in France  1860  290 pp.

Perry, George – History of the Reformation in England  1895  265 pp.  in Epochs of Church History

The Oxford Reformers

Seebohm, Frederic – The Oxford Reformers: John Colet, Erasmus and Thomas More, being a history of their fellow-work  1913  550 pp.

Shaw, W. Hudson – Introductory Lectures on the Oxford Reformers: Colet, Erasmus and More  1893  88 pp.

Special Periods

Elton, G.R. – England under the Tudors  Buy  1955  520 pp.



The Theology of the Anglican Church


Kirby, W.J. Torrance – The Theology of Richard Hooker in the Context of the Magisterial Reformation  1993  78 pp.

big systematic in Historical theology

Link PRDL Anglicans, my systematic theology page



Anglican Literature

John Parker Society, link



From a Roman Catholic Viewpoint

Hughes, Philip

The Reformation in England, 3 vols.  Buy  1952 ff.

Hughes was a Roman Catholic priest and historian, to be distinguished from Philip Edgcumbe Hughes.

“Best exposition of the Roman Catholic point of view.” – Owen Chadwick

Rome and the Counter-Reformation in England  Buy  1942



After The Glorious Revolution of 1689

The Presbyterian Reporter, being a Register of Parliamentary Proceedings and Public Documents Relating to the Dissenting Chapels’ and Endowments’ Bill for the Protection of the Presbyterians in England and Ireland not Subscribing to Articles of Christian Faith of Human Compilation  1844  445 pp.




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