Prelude to the Reformation – R.S. Arrowsmith

John Colet, Dean of St Pauls

Today’s free book is Richard S. Arrowsmith’s study of the background to the European Reformation from the time of John Wycliffe onwards. My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of this public domain work available for digitisation.

Richard Staines Arrowsmith [1873-1942], The Prelude to the Reformation. A Study of English Church Life from the Age of Wycliffe to the Breach with Rome. Studies in Church History. London: SPCK, 1923. Hbk. pp.226. [Click here to visit the download page for this title]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  1. The Later Medieval Bishop
  2. The Later Medieval Cathedral and Collegiate Clergy
  3. Some Types of the Later Medieval Parish Clergy
  4. Growing Tension with Rome
  5. Powers and Privileges of the Later Medieval Church
  6. Colet and the New Movement for Educational Reform
  7. Sidelights, Mainly from the Visitation Documents., Upon Certain of the ENglish Religious Houses after the Black Death
  8. Conclusion
  • Appendix. Episcopal Incomes from the “Valor Ecclesiasticus”
  • Index