By Douglas H. Parker
Robert Barnes (1495-1540) used to be maybe an important sixteenth-century English Protestant reformer after William Tyndale. The transferring non secular and political opinions of Henry VIII situated Barnes on the contrary finish of the preferred ideology of the day, culminating in his execution in 1540 quickly after that of Thomas Cromwell.A Supplication Vnto the main Gracyous Prince Kynge Henry The. VIIJ., the 1st version of which seemed in 1531 in the course of Barnes's German exile, used to be a debatable lament for the non secular weather in England and an earnest argument in favour of reform.
during this severe variation, Douglas H. Parker compares all extant types of the textual content released within the 16th century, targeting the variations among the 1531 and 1534 versions. Parker argues that the variations among types may be defined by means of Barnes's expanding sensitivity to the volatile theological weather below Henry VIII in addition to to the author's try and curry favour with the English govt in 1534. This serious quantity comprises the complete 1534 variation of A Supplication, a biographical caricature of Barnes, a bibliographical creation, a thesaurus of arcane phrases, and an appendix that includes the 1531 version, giving readers the opportunity to make their very own comparability.
This paintings is a protracted over-due research of 1 of the main attention-grabbing and prescient texts to emerge from the Protestant Reformation.
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