chapter  2
Interpretations of the Reformation from Fuller to Strype
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During the period between the first English edition of Foxe's Book of Martyrs and the Restoration Settlement, not everyone accepted the martyrologist's account of the Reformation or his interpretation of the nature of the Elizabethan Settlement. In a real sense the religious controversy which absorbed so many in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries concerned just this uncertainty - what was the nature of the Church of England? what were the practical implications of her reformation? Here it is not possible to examine the controversy in detail. In fact, the arguments were rarely couched in more than very general historical terms. On the one hand, the Reformation was seen as incomplete and in need of furtherance; on the other as something final - a blueprint for the future.