This unit surveys Church and State relationships in England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland in the 16th Century: the unfolding of the Reformation under Henry VIII in England; its extension then in Ireland and Wales; the influence of the Continental Reformers during the early 16th century and especially during the reign of Edward VI; the restoration of Catholicism during the reign of Mary I and finally the religious settlement during that of Elizabeth I. The special case of Scotland and the unique relationship with the reform movement centered in Geneva will be treated. Finally some attention will be devoted to the Catholic ‘Recusants’ and other minority groups.

Unit code: CH3141C

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Church History

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Identify significant people and events in chronological sequence through analysis of relevant primary sources


Situate the religious positions studied in this unit in relation to the development of the 16th century Reformation


Identify the wider political, social, cultural and economic context for the issues and texts studied


Offer a critical response to some of the presently revolving re-interpretations of the significance of people and events during this period


Demonstrate a sustained capacity to engage with both primary and secondary sources in the development of an historical argument

Unit sequence

CH2141: CH1001C & CH1002C or equivalent. CH3141: two levels of Church History


Lectures and Seminars

Indicative Bibliography

  • Cheyne, Alec C. Studies in Scottish Church History. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1999.
  • Cameron, Nigel M. de S., ed. Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1993.
  • Davis D., From Icons to Idols Documents on Image Debate in England. Eugene: Pickwick Press, 2016 .
  • Heal F., Reformation in Britain and Ireland. Oxford: University Press, 2003.
  • Marshall P., Heretics and Believers. Yale: YUP, 2018.
  • Questier M., Dynastic Politics and the British Reformations 1558-1630. Oxford: OUP, 2019.
  • Scarisbrick J.J. The Reformation and the English People. Oxford: Blackwell, 1984.
  • Tittler R & Jones N. (eds) Blackwell Companion to Tudor Britain. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.
  • Wallace G., The Long European Reformation. NY: Palgrave, 2004.
  • Walsham A., The Reformation Landscape and Religious Identity & Memory. Oxford: OUP, 2012.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar notes the equivalent of 1,500 words. Each week's assessment will cover at least two Learning Outcomes.

1000 30.0

4,000-word essay

4000 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 19 Jul, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-27 10:00:15 +1000