Defending Royal Supremacy and Discerning God's Will in Tudor England
The author shows that the Henrician lawyer Christopher St German (c.1460-1541) and the Elizabethan churchman Richard Hooker (1554-1600) rendered the condition that one must obey God before human law mute for English Christians by claiming for the authors of human law the authority to pronounce definitively regarding God's will.
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