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A people who neither “dreaded God nor lived by Holy Church” — 3 Comments

  1. There was a few places like your in the UK that had a natural barrier and where there was a fierce independence. The Fens come to mind, as does the Lake District, and of course Wales. Elements of the pre Great Schism independence remained in those areas. I also think it’s one of the reasons John Calvin went to Geneva. I also expect your area was four times larger than it is today, the inaccessible areas anyway.

  2. Geography seems to have been a factor. If the suggestion that the duke was sympathetic was true, then both the Beaufort and the Seymour families who used the title of the duke of Somerset seem to have had Protestant leanings.

  3. I expect it’s due less to an influence of Huss or anyone else for that matter than a bishop seeing error everyplace he looked.
    Seems to me we have a very marginal community who paid their dues to the two lords of the area and who tried to live a christian live anyway they could. And like with the Mass Rocks here, if they had a priest visiting the area they would all attend.
    Remember when Henry did his survey not only were abbey lands without communities in most cases but priestly livings seen later was a very loose concept in most cases too. You might have a church, even a grand one, but it might be locked for decades.

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