Parker Society Publications

The Anglican Reformers
A Full Set

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Order of Contents

Introduction
The Burning of Thomas Cranmer

By Author
By Subject


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Introduction

About the Parker Society

The Parker Society publications are the standard set of the main writings of the early protestant reformers of the English Reformation.  Most of the authors were reformed in their soteriology.

The Society was set up in 1841 and produced about 4 or 5 volumes a year till 1853 (see the publications in chronological order).  The Society’s council included High-Church Anglicans, though was dominated by evangelicals.  The Society itself was set up to counter the Anglo-Catholic influence of the Oxford Tractarian movement and the ever present, possible slide towards Romanism.

The Society’s name honors Matthew Parker (1504–1575), the Tudor Archbishop of Canterbury who was a historian of the English Church (see his works at PRDL & EEBO) and a manuscript collector.  He left his valuable collection of manuscripts to a library subsequently named after him at Corpus Christi, Cambridge, which are now online.

For more detailed background on the Parker Society, see Peter Toon’s ‘The Parker Society’ (1977, 7 pp.).

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About the Set

Below is a full set of the Parker Society’s publications (with the exception of a few Latin volumes where there are English translations below).  At the time this webpage was made in 2017, it is believed to be the only full set easily available on the net.

The volumes came to 54 in number, though there were various numberings of the volumes, making it sometimes difficult to account for and compile them all.  For this reason we have not put them in order by their number in the series.

The 55th volume was a very detailed General Index to all the volumes, which will come in very handy in finding all the writers that wrote on a particular subject.

For more background on the authors and their specific writings than what is below, see Andrew Cinnamond’s, ‘The Reformed Treasures of the Parker Society’ (22 pp., with a bibliography).

Where an author has additional writings at Post-Reformation Digital Library (PRDL) or Early English Books Online-TCP (EEBO), they have been linked.

For a stimulating account of the English Reformation, see J.C. Ryle’s Five English Reformers, or  Marcus Loane’s more in-depth, Masters of the English Reformation  Buy  (Banner of Truth, 2005, 320 pp.).  

While the English Reformer’s writings are generally very good and are treasures of the Church, one will sometimes come across full defenses of Episcopacy (for instance: Whitgift against Thomas Cartwright) and Baptismal Regeneration, which we do not recommend.  See rather our pages on Presbyterianism and Baptismal Regeneration.

Please come to love these godly writers from the English Reformation, many of whom sealed their writings with their own ashes at the stake.


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The Burning of Thomas Cranmer
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Cranmer in the fire


Thomas Cranmer, one of the principal reformers of the English Church, after being in prison for three years under the Roman Catholic Bloody Mary, signed, “for fear of death, and to save my life,” a renunciation of the Biblical Protestant doctrines with his right hand.  Before he was burned at the stake he was given opportunity to make known his renunciation to all.  At the end of his speech, after repenting of his renunciation of Biblical truth, he said,

“Forasmuch as my hand offended in writing contrary to my heart, therefore my hand shall first be punished. For if I may come to the fire, it shall be first burned. And as for the Pope, I refuse him, as Christ’s enemy and antichrist, with all his false doctrine.”

Then, stretching out his right hand, he held it unshrinkingly in the fire until it was burnt to a cinder, even before his body was injured, frequently exclaiming, “This unworthy right hand.”

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“And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched”

Mark 9:43


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By Author, Alphabetical

Bale, John – Examinations, Image of Both Churches  PRDL  EEBO

Bale (1495–1563) was an English bishop, historian and controversialist.  The image of Both Churches is a commentary on Revelation, giving the confessional view that the Papacy is the Antichrist.

Becon, Thomas – Early Works  PRDL  EEBO

Catechism, etc.

Prayers & Other Pieces

Becon (c. 1511–1567) was an English cleric and chaplain to Edward VI.

Bradford, John – Writings, vol. 1: Sermons Meditations, Examinations  PRDL  EEBO

Writings, vol. 2: Letters, Treatises, Remains

Bradford (1510–1555) was an English Reformer, prebendary of St. Paul’s, and martyr under Bloody Mary, known for his words to John Leaf at the stake: “Be of good comfort brother; for we shall have a merry supper with the Lord this night!”

Bull, Henry – Prayers & Meditations

Bull (†1577) was an English Protestant theological writer, now remembered as an ally of John Foxe (remembered for Foxe’s Book of Martyrs) in documenting the history of his times.

Bullinger, Henry – 1st & 2nd Decades  PRDL

3rd Decade
4th Decade
5th Decade

Bullinger (1504–1575) was a Swiss reformer, the successor of Huldrych Zwingli as head of the Zurich church.  He was also very influential in England.  Each Decade is ten sermons, the total 50 intending to exposit the greater share of the Christian faith in systematic form.

Calfhill, James – Answer to Martiall’s Treatise of the Cross

Calfhill (1530?–1570) was an Anglican clergyman, academic and controversialist.

This was Calfhill’s major work, it being a response against the Roman Catholic John Martiall, who had dedicated his book to Queen Elizabeth on hearing that she had retained the cross in her chapel.  Martiall replied against Calfhill, who was in turn responded to by William Fulke, below.

Cooper, Thomas – Against the Private Mass  PRDL  EEBO

Cooper (c. 1517–1594) was an English bishop, lexicographer, theologian, and writer.

Coverdale, Myles – Writings & Translations  PRDL  EEBO

Remains

Coverdale (1488–1569) was an English ecclesiastical reformer chiefly known as a Bible translator, preacher, Bishop of Exeter, proto-puritan and exile.

Cranmer, Thomas – Miscellaneous Writings & Letters  PRDL

Lord’s Supper

Cranmer (1489–1556) was a leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII and Edward VI.  He was a chief author of the Book of Common Prayer and was burned at the stake under Bloody Mary.

Fulke, William – Contra Stapleton, Martiall, Romanism  PRDL  EEBO

Fulke (1538–1589) was an English Puritan divine.

The Roman Catholic priest John Martiall had dedicated his book, A Treatise on the Cross, to Queen Elizabeth on hearing that she had retained the cross in her chapel.  Calfhill, above, responded to this work.  Martiall returned the response.  This work of Fulke is a second response to Martiall.

Defence of Translating Scripture into English

Grindal, Edmund – Remains  PRDL  EEBO

Grindal (c. 1519–1583) was an English Protestant leader who successively held the posts of Bishop of London, Archbishop of York and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reign of Elizabeth I of England.  He as sympathetic to the puritans.

Hooper, John – Early Writings  PRDL  EEBO

Later Writings

Hooper (c. 1495-1500–1555) was a proponent of the English Reformation, an Anglican Bishop of Gloucester and Worcester, and a martyr at the stake under Bloody Mary.  He is known as the ‘Father of Non-Conformity’.

Hutchinson, Roger – Works  EEBO

Hutchinson (d. 1555)

Jewel, John – Works, vol. 1, Sermon, Correspondence, Lord’s Supper  PRDL

vol. 2, Lord’s Supper, Images, etc. Thessalonians, Sermons
vol. 3, Defence of Church of England
vol. 4, Holy Scriptures, Letters, etc.

Jewel (1522–1571) of Devon, England was Bishop of Salisbury, a professor at Oxford and a disciple of Peter Martyr Vermigli.  Richard hooker, the Anglican Church’s most famous apologist, spoke of him as the “worthiest divine that Christendom hath bred for some hundreds of years.”

Latimer, Hugh – Sermons  PRDL  EEBO

Pt. 2, Sermons & Remains

Latimer (c. 1487-1555) was a chaplain to King Edward VI.  Before being burned at the stake by Bloody Mary, Latimer said to Ridley: “Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.”

Liturgies, Two: 1549 & 1552

For background on these first two services of the Book of Common Prayer by Thomas Cranmer, see Wiki.  The latter service had detailed input from Martin Bucer and Peter Martyr.

For the puritan perspective on these liturgies, see the Preface to the Westminster Directory of Public Worship.

Liturgical Services during the Reign of Queen Elizabeth

For background on the Book of Common Prayer during Elizabeth’s time, see Wiki.

Norden, John – Progress of Piety  EEBO

John Norden (c. 1547 – 1625) was an English cartographer, chorographer, writer and antiquary.

Nowell, Alexander – Catechism  PRDL  EEBO

Nowell (c. 1517–1602) was an English Protestant theologian and clergyman.  He served as Dean of St Paul’s during much of Elizabeth I’s reign.  He was credited by Thomas Fuller (and his later revisers), with the accidental invention of bottled beer.  Nowell’s nephew was William Whitaker.

Parker, Matthew – Correspondence  PRDL  EEBO

Parker (1504–1575) was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1559 until his death.  He was also an influential theologian and arguably the co-founder (with Thomas Cranmer and Richard Hooker) of a distinctive tradition of Anglican theological thought.

Philpot, John – Examinations & Writings  EEBO

Philpot (1516 – 1555) was an archdeacon of Winchester and an English Protestant martyr whose story is recorded in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.

Pilkington, James – Works  PRDL

Pilkington (1520–1576) was the first Protestant Bishop of Durham from 1561 until his death in 1576.  He founded Rivington Grammar School and was an Elizabethan author and orator.

Poetry during the Reign of Queen Elizabeth, vol. 1 & 2

Private Prayers during the Reign of Queen Elizabeth

Ridley, Nicholas – Works  PRDL  EEBO

Ridley (c. 1500–1555) was an English Bishop of London who was burned at the stake by Bloody Mary.  He defended certain ceremonies in the worship of the Church as indifferent against John Hooper.

Latimer said to Ridley before their burning: “Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.”

Rogers, Thomas – An Exposition of the 39 Articles  PRDL  EEBO

Rogers was an Anglican clergyman and, unfortunately, an early opponent of Nicholas Bownde in the Sabbatarian controversy.  Toplady praised Rogers’ Exposition.

Sandys, Edwin – Sermons, etc.  EEBO

Sandys (1519–1588) was a Bishop of Worcester (1559–1570), London (1570–1576) and Archbishop of York (1576–1588) during the reign of Elizabeth I of England.  He was one of the translators of the Bishops’ Bible and was imprisoned in the Tower of London under Bloody Mary.

Tyndale, William – Expositions & Practice of Prelates  PRDL

Answer to Thomas More, Lord’s Supper

Doctrinal Treatises & Introductions to Scripture

Whitgift, John – Works, vol. 1, Contra T. Cartwright, Tracts 1-6  PRDL

vol. 2, Contra T. Cartwright, Tracts 7-10

vol. 3, Contra T. Cartwright, Tracts 11-23, Sermons, Letters

Tyndale (c. 1494–1536) was translated the first Bible from Hebrew and Greek into English.  He was a leading figure in the English Reformation and was executed for heresy.  His final words were: “Lord! Open the King of England’s eyes.”

Whitaker, William – Disputation on Holy Scripture Against the Papists  Latin  EEBO

Whitaker (1548–1595) was a prominent Protestant Calvinistic Anglican churchman, academic, and theologian, who was a leading divine at the University of Cambridge in the latter half of the sixteenth century.  His uncle was Alexander Nowell, the Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral and catechist.

Woolton, John – Christian Manual  EEBO

Woolton (1535?–1594) was an English bishop of Exeter.

Zurich Letters  1558-1602  3 vols. in 1

On the accession of queen Mary, more than a thousand of the Reformers sought refuge on the Continent, and many of them settled in Zurich.  On the return of the Zurich exiles to England, at the accession of Elizabeth, in 1558, they maintained a correspondence with the minister and magistrates of Zurich.

The letters show the opinion of that time on subjects which afterwards produced such agitation and include letters to and from Sandys, Jewel, Gwalter, Foxe, Parkhurst, Calvin, Peter Martyr, Grindal, Zanchi, Bullinger, Coverdale, Beza, George Withers, Pilkington, Flacius, Farell, John Rainolds, George Buchanan, Queen Elizabeth, Swiss Cantons and others.


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By Subject

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Catechisms & Confession

Becon, Thomas – Catechism, etc.

Nowell, Alexander – Catechism

Rogers, Thomas – An Exposition of the 39 Articles

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Christian Life  See also Miscellaneous

Norden, John – Progress of Piety

Woolton, John – Christian Manual

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Church

Whitgift, John – Works, vol. 1, Contra T. Cartwright, Tracts 1-6

vol. 2, Contra T. Cartwright, Tracts 7-10

vol. 3, Contra T. Cartwright, Tracts 11-23, Sermons, Letters

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Commentaries

Bale, John – An Image of Both Churches, being an Exposition of Revelation

Jewel, John – Works, vol. 2, Lord’s Supper, Images, etc. Thessalonians, Sermons

Tyndale, William – Expositions & Practice of Prelates

Doctrinal Treatises & Introductions to Scripture

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Letters

Bradford, John – Writings, vol. 2: Letters, Treatises, Remains

Cranmer, Thomas – Miscellaneous Writings & Letters

Jewel, John – Works, vol. 1, Sermon, Correspondence, Lord’s Supper

Parker, Matthew – Correspondence

Whitgift, John – vol. 3, Contra T. Cartwright, Tracts 11-23, Sermons, Letters

Zurich Letters  1558-1602  3 vols. in 1

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Liturgies

For the puritan perspective on these liturgies, see the Preface to the Westminster Directory of Public Worship.

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Liturgies, Two: 1549 & 1552

Liturgical Services during the Reign of Queen Elizabeth

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Lord’s Supper

Cooper, Thomas – Against the Private Mass

Cranmer, Thomas – Lord’s Supper

Jewel, John – Works, vol. 1, Sermon, Correspondence, Lord’s Supper

vol. 2, Lord’s Supper, Images, etc. Thessalonians, Sermons

Tyndale, William – Answer to Thomas More, Lord’s Supper

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Miscellaneous  See also Sermons

Becon, Thomas – Early Works

Catechism, etc.

Prayers & Other Pieces

Bradford, John – Writings, vol. 1: Sermons, Meditations, Examinations

Writings, vol. 2: Letters, Treatises, Remains

Coverdale, Myles – Writings & Translations

Remains

Cranmer, Thomas – Miscellaneous Writings & Letters

Grindal, Edmund – Remains

Hooper, John – Early Writings

Later Writings

Hutchinson, Roger – Works

Latimer, Hugh – vol. 2, Sermons & Remains

Philpot, John – Examinations & Writings

Pilkington, James – Works

Ridley, Nicholas – Works

Tyndale, William – Doctrinal Treatises & Introductions to Scripture

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Poetry

Poetry during the Reign of Queen Elizabeth, vol. 1 & 2

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Prayers & Meditations

Becon, Thomas – Prayers & Other Pieces

Bradford, John – Writings, vol. 1: Sermons Meditations, Examinations

Bull, Henry – Prayers & Meditations

Private Prayers during the Reign of Queen Elizabeth

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Romanism

Calfhill, James – Answer to Martiall’s Treatise of the Cross

Fulke, William – Contra Stapleton, Martiall, Romanism

Tyndale, William – Expositions & Practice of Prelates

Answer to Thomas More, Lord’s Supper

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Scripture

Fulke, William – Defence of Translating Scripture into English

Whittaker, William – Disputation on Holy Scripture Against the Papists

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Sermons

Bradford, John – Writings, vol. 1: Sermons Meditations, Examinations

Jewel, John – Works, vol. 1, Sermon, Correspondence, Lord’s Supper

vol. 2, Lord’s Supper, Images, etc. Thessalonians, Sermons

Latimer, Hugh – Sermons

Pt. 2, Sermons & Remains

Sandys, Edwin – Sermons, etc. 

Whitgift, John – vol. 3, Contra T. Cartwright, Tracts 11-23, Sermons, Letters

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Systematic Theology  See also the many doctrinal works under Miscellaneous

Bullinger, Henry – 1st & 2nd Decades

3rd Decade
4th Decade
5th Decade

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Related Pages

History of the English Reformation & Puritan Era

Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel Quotes – 1500’s

The History of Psalm Singing in the Anglican Church

Responsive Readings

The Lack of Responsive Readings in English Puritan Orders of Service

Presbyterianism

Baptismal Regeneration

Every Reformed Systematic Theology Online

Roman Catholicism

Antichrist

Historical Theology