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Thomas FullerDiscovering England's Religious Past$
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W. B. Patterson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198793700

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198793700.001.0001

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Writing History

Writing History

The European and English Contexts

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(p.157) 5 Writing History
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Thomas Fuller
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W. B. Patterson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198793700.003.0006

During the Renaissance and Reformation historical writing underwent dramatic changes in Europe and England. The recovery of many of the texts of classical antiquity that began in Italy in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries became a focus for university scholars and literary circles. The German scholar Martin Luther, who protested against papal indulgences in 1517, provided the foundation for a radically different approach to the scriptures and to the study of the past. A school of historians led by Matthias Flacius Illyricus produced a series of volumes that showed that the Church had changed significantly over time in its teaching and practices. In England the Elizabethan Society of Antiquaries sought to avoid legends, distortions, and ideological assumptions and find a new approach to the investigation of the past. William Camden, a member of the society, helped to provide a new kind of history, one that significantly influenced Fuller.

Keywords:   Renaissance scholars, Martin Luther, Matthias Flacius Illyricus, Elizabethan Society of Antiquaries, William Camden

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