Divided by religion – Post-reformation Britain

The Tudor Reformation resulted in widespread dissatisfaction. Many Protestants considered the Reformation unfinished as the established Church of England retained some of the rights and practices of Catholic worship. Meanwhile, Catholics were oppressed and marginalised.

Scotland was similarly divided between strict Protestants, (Calvinists) and staunch Catholics, while in Ireland most of the population was Catholic, who were governed by a minority of English, and Scottish Protestants.

Professor Hughes discusses, how this religious mix, created a climate of distrust and division, which ultimately resulted in civil war.

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Ann Hughes

Emerita Professor of Early Modern History

Professor Hughes was educated at the University of Liverpool where she completed a PhD on ‘Politics, society and civil war in Warwickshire’. She has worked at the…

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