Des will discuss how the submission of the clergy to Henry VIII and their acquiescence to the break with Rome represent a puzzle. Why did the late medieval Church come to an end in what seems such a meek and even impotent fashion? What was the role of the prelacy in that process?
This talk will examine the evolving character of the English Church over the course of the fifteenth century to assess how the high command of the Church were trained and promoted. It will look at what kind of men were recruited to its highest ranks and their formation at the universities.
Dr Des Atkinson who is a post-doctoral researcher, currently working for the Friends of Devon Archives as project supervisor for their HLF-funded project on John Norden’s survey of Devon’s manors. Des is also an occasional teacher at the University of Exeter on several undergraduate modules within the Department of History.