In this comprehensive work, which follows the lives of the sixty-nine bishops who served under Henry VIII, Dr Chibi not only asks why these Tudor bishops have acquired such a poor historical reputation, but also examines the deep impact these men had on the reign. Henry VIII's bishops were a diverse and interesting group of individuals who had a profound influence on both king and country in the early modern period. They came from all social rankings, were highly educated and had become bishops through talent and ambition, yet their historical reputation remains unflattering. This study, set within the dual context of court and diocese, breaks new ground in presenting the Henricians as a microcosm of wider society and as the fulfilment of that world's expectations of what a bishop should be. The book is both an extensive examination of the careers, lives and thinking of an elite ecclesiastical force and a comprehensive review of the background to the early English Reformation. The focus is very much on those men who were caught between church and state, court and country, spirituality and temporality.
Dr Chibi takes an in depth look behind the scenes of Henrician England's religious, social and political turmoil to see the workings of a group of men dedicated to stability and truth, men who were caught between service to the king and service to God.
Andrew A Chibi was born in 1963 in London, Ontario and his continuing education has taken him from the universities of Windsor and Toronto, to Sheffield and British academia, teaching reformation studies and Tudor history at the universities of Southampton, Derby, Manchester Metropolitan and Trinity and All Saints College (Leeds). He is currently to be found lecturing and tutoring at the University of Leicester. He is also the author of: 'Henry VIII's Conservative Scholar: Bishop John Stokesley', 'Divorce, Royal Supremacy and Doctrinal Reform' and 'The European Reformation' and has two forthcoming works - 'A Study of the English Reformation' and 'A Comparative Study of the History and Development of Christianity, Judaism and Islam'.