To what extent did Laud’s reforms of the COE in the 1630’s undermine the compromise that had been established by Elizabeth I and continued by James I?

To what extent did Laud’s reforms of the COE in the 1630’s undermine the compromise that had been established by Elizabeth I and continued by James I?

Plan: (5 minutes)

  • Star chamber/high commission- enforces religious conformity
  • Ireland- Thorough- enforces religious conformity
  • Scotland- Prayer Book Rebellion: new prayer book forced
  • Change physical appearance of church: not that undermining
  • Visitations: enforces physical aspects
  • Book of Sports 1633

Compromise: Jacobean balance- Broad church

After 5 minutes…

Argument: Laud’s reforms almost completely undermine the compromise: trying to turn England into a strictly controlled nation of Laudians or closet catholics, with imposed reforms and new practices. Not all his reforms affected the compromise that much, but the way in which he enforced all reforms was oppressive and did not allow for independent worship or toleration of Puritanism.

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