The Arguments For and Against the Claim that the Puritans Presented a Challenge in the Elizabethan House of Commons

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The Arguments For and Against the Claim that the Puritans Presented a Challenge in the Elizabethan House of Commons There has long been a debate about Elizabeth’s Puritan threat with J.E.Neale arguing that there was Protestant pressure for reform, from the “Puritan Choir” in the House of Commons, for example the Settlement was far more Protestant than Elizabeth had intended. C.Haigh has put forward a counter argument that it was in fact the Catholic Bishops in the House of Lords who prevented the Settlement from being as Protestant as the Queen would have liked. Either way the Act of Supremacy and the Act of Uniformity were passed in 1559 and those two pieces of legislation have become the basis of the Anglican Church for over 440 years. That the Settlement survived does not mean, necessarily, that there were no dangers to the English Protestant Church. In Parliament the Puritans posed such a threat in the legislation that they attempted to pass through with there being two distinct areas. The Prayer Book/Common Prayer Book and reforms to the church. For example in both 1571 and 1572 parliamentary sessions, bills were introduced to reform the Prayer book, With Walter Strickland wanting to remove practises regarded as Catholic in 1571, and bill proposing the removal of some rites and ceremonies. Moreover in the 1572 session John Field and Thomas Wilcox introduced The Admonition of Parliament attacking the Church for its similarities to a Catholic style church. Revisionist historians have argued the case that since the Queen easily squashed both attempts and imprisoned Wilcox and Field, there cannot have been serious a threat to Elizabeth’s regarding legislation. However more traditionalist historians have countered this by reminding us that though the attempts failed we cannot ignore the fact they the issues were being brought up and discussed thus showing that perhaps a threat was growing, i.e. “The Sees of the Civil War” with Puritans challenging the crown. However if we are looking at the threat in Elizabeth’s House of Commons then it is most likely the

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