Reformed Churchmen

We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Monday, November 18, 2013

17 Nov 1558: Elizabeth the First's Accession to English Throne

17 Nov 1558.  Accession of Queen Elizabeth to the throne of England. 
The death of Mary, and the accession of Elizabeth, on the 17th of November, 1558, were the joyful signal of return to the exiles. Jewell was not among the earliest revisitants of his country, and the date of his arrival in England is uncertain. That he met his old tutor, Parkhurst, at Strasburgh, on his way home; that he had an unusually long passage, being fifty-seven days on his journey from Zurich; and that he arrived in time to be appointed one of the disputants in the famous conference between the Romish and Protestant Divines, held during the sitting of Parliament, in March, 1558-9, is all that is known.”

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