Weaknesses Of Puritan Threat (Elizabeth's reign)

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  • Asses the main weaknesses of the Elizabethan Puritan Movement
    • Puritan threat to Elizabeth was very minimal
  • Loudest voices of Protestant opposition came from within Parliament yet in most cases Elizabeth was able to control them
    • Asses the main weaknesses of the Elizabethan Puritan Movement
      • Puritan threat to Elizabeth was very minimal
    • However in 1563 Puritans successfully passed an Act proscribing the death penalty for those who refused to take the oath of Supremacy
  • Thewat of the religion itself
    • Preaching at heart of religion
      • However no. of preachers was very low
      • Unopularity as talk a lot about sin and complained about what people did on Sabbeth e.g. drinking , gambling
  • Thomas Nobrbon spoke out  requesting that the Queen should marry to produce a Protestant Heir  (next in line was a Catholic)
    • Loudest voices of Protestant opposition came from within Parliament yet in most cases Elizabeth was able to control them
      • However in 1563 Puritans successfully passed an Act proscribing the death penalty for those who refused to take the oath of Supremacy
  • However Elizabeth took control of the situation  to work in her favor and made sure no-one was asked to take the oath  - showed she  was well equipped and that no  one not even  Sir Francis Knolleys who was in favor of Puritans
    • 1580s Puritantism became more extreme
      • More groups and 'stranger churches' in London - such as the Plumbers Hall Group which were created in 1567 who rejected any idea of a National Church and wanted removal of hierachy
        • Believed in extreme doctrines such as Calvin's double  pre-destination
          • However these groups rather than Challenging the ELizabthan Church Settlement  these groups moved away from the MAIN puriitan body - reducing numbers and influence
            • Extremism made Challenge less serious and was a weakness
    • However these groups rather than Challenging the ELizabthan Church Settlement  these groups moved away from the MAIN puriitan body - reducing numbers and influence
      • Extremism made Challenge less serious and was a weakness
    • Not high pay
      • However no. of preachers was very low
    • 90 % liof people lived in countryside  very hard to reach
      • Preaching at heart of religion
        • Unopularity as talk a lot about sin and complained about what people did on Sabbeth e.g. drinking , gambling
    • without support of people have little chance of de-railing Elizabethan Settlement
      • Many People seemed happy to support Elizabethan Settlement - and was seen to be stable after  many years of inconstistency
        • much less than movements in force on the continent
          • Puritan owns ideology caused the problems itself
            • Elizabeth maintained a firm grip over politics
        • Puritan propaganda was counter-productive
          • Elizabeth maintained a firm grip over politics
          • Hardly existed at all

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