This is a very good. readable study and goes a long way to expanding our understanding of two important English Reformation leaders.
Amanda Wrenn Allen makes several crucial points regarding the neglect of both the English Eucharist debate and the reign of Edward VI, which played a much larger role in the English Reformation than has previously been acknowledged. The influence of Thomas Cranmer and Stephen Gardner is convincingly argued as she highlights the construct of the Eucharist debate and theological reforms that occurred before the Elizabethan settlement and ultimately laid the foundations for the English Reformation. Wrenn’s final conclusions, that the English Reformation was uniquely English and less shaped by European reformers, is a radical departure from the majority of scholars; however, based on her historiographical analysis of major works, one is hard placed to counter her arguments as she demonstrates the gaps in existing scholarship. Wrenn’s work thus provides important insight into how English Reformation theology evolved as well as into the political, personal, and religious ties that shaped its formation.