Hampton Court Conference

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  • Hampton Court Conference - 1604
    • How it came about
      • James presented with Millenary Petition
        • Reputedly signed by 1,000 Puritans
    • How successful it was
      • James at his pragmatic best
      • Gave clergy a period of time (until end of Nov 1604) to accept canons or leave
        • Allowed frustrations to simmer
        • Allowed James to identify those who would conform and those who would not
      • Bills put forward in parliament lessened
    • Puritan aims
      • Opposed wearing cap and surplice as thought it was worn by Pagan Egyptian priests
        • Black hat and white robe
      • Wanted to end pluralism and popish characteristics
        • Popish characteristics- unnecessary items in service, e.g. candles and elaborate music
      • Felt a new Bible translation was needed
      • Didn't want bishops
    • Anglican aims
      • Felt that the church didn't need to change too drastically
        • James compared church to a disease when they questioned change
      • Wanted to limited Puritan influence as felt the country would be weaker if it had more than one religion
    • Outcomes
      • Bancroft's canons issued which enforced status quo and gave time to accept this
        • Most clergy conformed - only 80 Puritans resigned
      • Bible used 50 translators from universities then ratified by James himself
        • Still used today
        • Impacted on the development of the English language
      • Cap and surplice did not have to be worm as long as job was carried out properly
      • Plurality couldn't be solved without a lot of money but High Court Commission identified steps that could be taken to help
      • Stated what people could do after church services on Sundays


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