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Using the rich seam of local records (detailed churchwardens’ accounts, vestry minutes and surviving wills), this paper tells the tale of religious divisions in the London suburban parish of St Botolph’s Aldgate. The changes to parish worship and finance during the reign of Edward VI were almost entirely reversed during the reign of Queen Mary.
Previous historians have failed to register the crucial disciplinary role played in the parish during this period by Dr John Story, academic, theologian and close confidante of Bishop Edmund Bonner. A clearer understanding of how Story humiliated a key group of evangelicals in the parish offers insight into how and why Story became a target for revenge resulting in his kidnap and execution for treason in 1571.
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