Was the Church in England, in 1563, more conservative than Elizabeth would have wished?

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Yes, it was more conservative than she would have wished because:

  • Inside the churches things were largely the same, the same full Catholic vestments had been re-established as had crucifixes and candles to the altar so Elizabeth had not really taken a new approach with the inside of the church. This kept the image of the church to the public eye ultimately a replica of what was before.
  • In addition 1560 saw a Latin edition of the Prayer Book which allowed requiem celebrations for the dead and this is purely a Catholic Mass for the repose of the souls of the dead so showed a move back towards Roman Catholicism instead of having Prayer books only in English which is what Protestant reformers believed should happen.
  • Elizabeth was ruled as Supreme Governor which pleased Protestants but she had the support of her Bishops which pleased Catholics so she was pleasing both sides.
  • Some Church courts would remain which was pro-Catholic, no Protestant reformers were in favour of any form of Church Courts.
  • Former monastic lands remained with their owners rather than being sold enough like other possessions of the Church, this pleased the House of Commons and…


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