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Janet Clare

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089688

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089688.001.0001

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The view from the devil’s mountain: Clarendon, Cressy and Hobbes, and the past, present and future of the Church of England

The view from the devil’s mountain: Clarendon, Cressy and Hobbes, and the past, present and future of the Church of England

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(p.206) Chapter 10 The view from the devil’s mountain: Clarendon, Cressy and Hobbes, and the past, present and future of the Church of England
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From Republic to Restoration
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Paul Seaward

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089688.003.0011

The lives, and political thought, of Edward Hyde, earl of Clarendon, and Thomas Hobbes, were closely interwoven. In many ways opposed, their views on the relationship between Church and State have often been seen as less far apart, with Clarendon sharing Hobbes’s Erastianism and concerns about clerical assertiveness in the 1660s. But Clarendon’s writings on Church-State relations during the 1670s provide little evidence of concern about clerical involvement in politics, and demonstrate his vigorous adherence to a fairly conventional view among early seventeenth-century churchmen about the proper boundaries to royal interference in the Church; his worries about attempts to push further the implications of the royal supremacy in ecclesiastical affairs are evident in his writings against Hobbes, as are his even greater anxieties, exacerbated by the conversion of his daughter, the Duchess of York, about the dangers of Roman Catholic encroachment.

Keywords:   Earl of Clarendon, Thomas Hobbes, Duchess of York, Hugh Cressy, Church of England, Erastianism, Church-State relations, Roman Catholic

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