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A COLLECTION OF
ARTICLES OF RELIGION, CANONS,
PROCEEDINGS OF CONVOCATIONS
IN THE PROVINCE OF CANTERBURY,
FROM THE YEAR 1547 TO THE YEAR 1717.
WITH NOTES HISTORICAL AND EXPLANATORY
EDWARD CARDWELL, D.D.
PRINCIPAL OF ST. ALBAN'S HALL.
AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS.
THESE Volumes contain such records of the Convocations
I holden for the province of Canterbury as appear to be important in connection with the government or the history of the Church of England from the time of the Reformation. They are naturally arranged under the three heads of Articles of faith, Canons and constitutions, Acts and proceedings, and may be considered as comprising all the valuable information respecting the legislature of the church, which it is now possible to obtain, as the earlier registers were destroyed in the great fire of 1666, and the printed records of subsequent times have been corrected and enlarged from the copious extracts made from the later registers by archbishop Wake.
The origin of English synods, the relation they bore to the state on the one hand, and the church on the other, and the different duties and powers attaching to them as councils or convocations, are subjects, which, however interesting in themselves, do not come within the limits of this publication. Their earlier history moreover belongs to a period when distinctions, such as would alone be considered important in the present times, were either totally unknown, or observed partially and capriciously. Like the first stages accordingly of an art or a manufacture, they might be employed to shew the operation of certain general principles, but in all other re