Characters of the Reformation
Fr Longenecker’s take on Hilaire Belloc’s classic
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Characters of the Reformation 17 – King Louis XIV of France
This episode concludes the series Characters of the Reformation. Having spent some time looking at church history and where we've been, I think we should also take a look at where we might be [...]
Characters of the Reformation 16 – William of Orange
William of Orange and his wife Mary, with the help of England's landed gentry, stage a coup d'etat and unseat the Catholic King James II.
Characters of the Reformation 15 – Oliver Cromwell
Oliver Cromwell was the Puritan military leader who led the civil war against King Charles I and saw to it that the king was beheaded. Cromwell conquered Ireland and Scotland and sealed the Protestant [...]
Characters of the Reformation 14 – William Laud
Archbishop of Canterbury William Laud turned away from Protestantism in liturgical matters, but remained stoutly Protestant at heart. Belloc makes clear the true distinction between the Anglo Catholics and Catholicism in his clear and [...]
Characters of the Reformation 13 – James I of England
James I, son of Mary Queen of Scots, ascends the English throne after Elizabeth I and establishes the "Divine Right of Kings" which separates national power from any control of the Church.
Characters of the Reformation 12 – King Henry IV of France
With this twelfth episode the story shifts chronologically into the 17th century and geographically across the channel to France. Belloc outlines the complicated politics involving the Protestant Hugenots faction, the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre [...]