By Douglas H. Parker
Robert Barnes (1495-1540) used to be possibly an important sixteenth-century English Protestant reformer after William Tyndale. The moving spiritual and political beliefs of Henry VIII situated Barnes on the contrary finish of the preferred ideology of the day, culminating in his execution in 1540 quickly after that of Thomas Cromwell.A Supplication Vnto the main Gracyous Prince Kynge Henry The. VIIJ., the 1st variation of which seemed in 1531 in the course of Barnes's German exile, used to be a debatable lament for the spiritual weather in England and an earnest argument in favour of reform.
during this severe variation, Douglas H. Parker compares all extant models of the textual content released within the 16th century, targeting the variations among the 1531 and 1534 variants. Parker argues that the diversities among models will be defined by way of Barnes's expanding sensitivity to the volatile theological weather below Henry VIII in addition to to the author's try to curry favour with the English executive in 1534. This serious quantity contains the complete 1534 version of A Supplication, a biographical comic strip of Barnes, a bibliographical creation, a thesaurus of arcane phrases, and an appendix that includes the 1531 variation, giving readers the opportunity to make their very own comparability.
This paintings is an extended over-due learn of 1 of the main attention-grabbing and prescient texts to emerge from the Protestant Reformation.