chapter  7
The church: how it changed
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While they have been absorbed with the issue of the spread of Protestantism during the English Reformation, historians have given almost passing attention to an equally important question: what impact did the Reformation have upon the Church of England as an institution? To an extent, in the answer to this question may lie the key to that concerning the rate at which Protestantism spread. For, if the church as an institution changed little from its medieval predecessor, retaining the structure, organization and disciplinary mechanisms of Catholicism, its attempts to plant Protestantism would be doomed.