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A History of the Protestant Reformation in England and Ireland
By William Cobbett
Originally published in 1832 as: “A History of the Protestant Reformation in England and Ireland: Showing how that Event Has Impoverished and Degraded the Main Body of the People in Those Countries: In a Series of Letters Addressed to All Sensible and Just Englishmen.”
In Cobbett’s own words: “Now, my friends, a fair and honest enquiry will teach us that…the Reformation was engendered in beastly lust, brought forth in hypocrisy and perfidy, and cherished and fed by plunder, devastation, and by rivers of innocent English and Irish blood.” (Introduction, Par. 4)
Editorial Reviewers say: “Though written by a Protestant (between 1824 and 1827), this book has been repeatedly reprinted by Catholic publishers because of the tremendous light it sheds on English history from Henry VIII (1509) through George III (1820), showing that England was better off before the Reformation than after. Unabashedly pro-Catholic and a real eye-opener!”
“G.K. Chesterton says that the accuracy of William Cobbett’s History of the Reformation has never been challenged: only his challenge has been challenged! He turned popular history on its head, simply by looking at the facts, and calling the players by their proper names, such as Bloody Bess and Good Queen Mary. ” –Dale Ahlquist (President of the American Chesterton Society)
When comparing Cobbett to Father John Lingard (The History of England, From the First Invasion by the Romans to the Accession of Henry VIII, 8-volume work published in 1819), Chesterton states that Lingard and Cobbett make the same case about the English Reformation; although Lingard was cautious about avoiding any possible bias, whereas Cobbett “flung away all such airs of impartiality to prove how completely he had been convinced” that the commonly-held view of the English Reformation was incorrect.
Cobbett’s thorough and extensive study is the “Gold Standard” when it comes to this subject, thus vital reading for all who want to grasp the true effects of the “Reformation” in that region.
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