The Evolving Reputation of Richard Hooker: An Examination of Responses, 1600-1714

Hardcover | December 20, 2006

byMichael Brydon

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Richard Hooker has long been viewed as one of England's great theological and political writers. When he died, however, at the end of the sixteenth century, his writings had proved to be something of a damp squib. This book examines, against the background of the political and religious crisesof the seventeenth century, how he came to rise from comparative obscurity to be regarded as a universal authority. It will be seen how an unintended alliance of Reformed Protestants, suspicious of Hooker, and Catholics, anxious to exploit his perceived sympathies, led to his establishment as adistinctive, well-regarded English writer. Whilst the boundaries of Hooker's comprehensiveness have expanded and contracted in response to particular situations, the belief that he is an important writer has remained remarkably constant ever since.

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Richard Hooker has long been viewed as one of England's great theological and political writers. When he died, however, at the end of the sixteenth century, his writings had proved to be something of a damp squib. This book examines, against the background of the political and religious crisesof the seventeenth century, how he came to ...

Michael Brydon is Assistant Curate of St Peter's, Bexhill-on-Sea.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:December 20, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199204810

ISBN - 13:9780199204816

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Hooker and the Jacobeans2. The road towards an Anglican icon: the treatment of Hooker under Charles I and the Comnmonwealth3. The establishment of Anglican triumphalism4. The zenith and slow decline of Hooker as the icon of Restoration Anglicanism5. The mask of discontinuity: Hooker in the Reigns of James II and William and Mary6. The Indian summer of Restoration Anglicanism: Queen Anne and the Tory revivalHooker's reputation: a conclusion