The Evolving Reputation of Richard Hooker: An Examination of Responses, 1600-1714
Richard Hooker has long been viewed as one of England's great theological and political writers. When he died, however, at the end of the sixteenth century, his writings had proved to be something of a damp squib. This book examines, against the background of the political and religious crises of the seventeenth century, how he came to rise from comparative obscurity to be regarded as a universal authority. It will be seen how an unintended alliance of Reformed Protestants,suspicious of Hooker, and Catholics, anxious to exploit his perceived sympathies, led to his establishment as a distinctive, well-regarded English writer. Whilst the boundaries of Hooker's comprehensiveness have expanded and contracted in response to particular situations, the belief that he is an importantwriter has remained remarkably constant ever since.
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1 Hooker and the Jacobeans
The Treatment of Hooker under Charles I and the Commonwealth
3 The Establishment of Anglican Triumphalism
4 The Zenith and Slow Decline of Hooker as the Icon of Restoration Anglicanism
Hooker in the Reigns of James II and William and Mary
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