A New Jerusalem? Being Protestant in Post-Reformation England: Context (HIH3207)
The English Reformation is one of the most transformative episodes in English history, its consequences fundamentally shaping the political, intellectual, economic and artistic development of the nation in ways that arguably paved the way for England's precocious emergence as a commercial, industrial and imperial superpower. But how were the long-term consequences of the establishment of Protestantism manifested in the daily lives and worldview of those who lived through them? This module provides a cultural and social history of the long-term transformations triggered by the Reformation by focusing on the religious beliefs and practices of those living through the period c.1560 -1700, exploring what it meant to 'be Protestant' in an era motivated by establishing a 'New Jerusalem' in England's green and pleasant land. Two interlinked questions will frame our analysis of a range of textual, visual and material primary sources: how did Protestantism shape English life and culture in this period, and how and why did this change over time?
No prior knowledge is required, though some understanding of the early modern period would be a benefit. Students taking this module will also take ‘A New Jerusalem? Being Protestant in post-Reformation England: Sources’. As the focus is on more popular aspects of culture, textual primary material will be supplemented by literary, visual and material sources. The module might also be suitable for interdisciplinary pathways due to engagement with anthropological and literary theory.