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Could someone who had joined a monastery decide to leave?

In principle, they were not supposed to leave their order because they took a vow for life. In practice, some did leave, and some were subsequently readmitted. However, the time period covered here is ...
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Why are church reformist centers all outside the boundary of the original Roman Empire?

Consider the Church of England as a counterexample, or for that matter Calvin in Geneva. If you look for a simplistic explanation, look not at Roman borders but at the political weakness of the Holy ...
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Could someone who had joined a monastery decide to leave?

"Decide to leave" was always an option to consider. And one could do that, of course. Just do that. But it seems the question is more about the obstacles and costs that may be associated ...
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What was the motivation for the Church of England to begin recording births, marriages and deaths in 1538?

The parish registers were introduced mainly because Thomas Cromwell had found that they were in common use in the rest of Europe and according to the sources cited by the related wikipedia article, ...
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What happened to the Polish Calvinists?

There never were many Polish Calvinists. Poland showed some promise for the Calvinist cause at the start, but these early hopes bore few fruits. Calvinism, and Protestantism in general, failed to take ...
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What happened to the Polish Calvinists?

Well, the when is relatively easy. It happened during the 17th century. Here's a religious map of Poland in 1573 (Calvinist areas in purple): ...and here is what it looked like by 1750 (no Calvinists)...
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Why didn't the Great Awakening spread to the Spanish Colonies?

Perhaps this is facile to think an originally English, Protestant movement would have any relation to or impact on the Spanish Catholic Christians, but I wonder why not? The colonies of North and ...
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Why were cobblers so radical?

Cobblers were workmen whose customers wore shoes, and therefore traveled more than most others (only a few people wore shoes in the Middle Ages). By definition, these were the few people that "got ...
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Why are church reformist centers all outside the boundary of the original Roman Empire?

the church reformist centers are virtually all outside the original Roman Empire That is not really true. The oldest reformist or heretic movements appeared within former Roman territories, like the ...
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Will someone help me understand the following quotation about Calvinism?

At the time that Luther and Calvin came forward, the Holy Roman Catholic Church basically controlled religion throughout Europe. The Church helped ensure this by telling people that God spoke through ...
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Why are Luther's 95 Theses seen as so important?

The 95 Theses (e) do not only address indulgence and indulgences! First of all, to avoid a possible confusion, the word indulgences, is a difficult word to understand correctly here. In terms of the ...
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What differentiates a priest, a clerk, a capellanus, a subdeacon and a rector?

I'm no expert, but will attempt a partial answer - first, the educational qualifications refer to:- BA - Bachelor of Arts MA - Master of Arts (traditionally awarded automatically to Oxford graduates ...
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What was the judicial body in 16th century France called?

Under the Ancien Régime, the judiciary of France was divided into several local bodies known as parlements. Despite the similarity of their names to the modern parliamentary institution, the Ancien ...
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When was the first pentecostal church created?

I found two schools of thought on this. School 1: There is not and never has been any official organization overseeing all Pentecostals, and there is not really one single founding church of the ...
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Late 17th century colonial Anglican pastor

John and Charles Wesley were Anglican pastors who made a somewhat similar trip to the Americas about 40 years later than your designated time. However, they may be somewhat useful models in that they ...
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Martin Luther's 95 Theses

The de.wikipedia has dedicated a whole section to the historicity of this incident. In the introduction: Die Historizität des Thesenanschlags, bei dem Luther seine 95 Thesen am 31. Oktober 1517 ...
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When, and where, was the word 'Anglican' first used in the context of the Protestant Church of England?

The most recent (third) edition of the OED cites 1598 as the earliest English-language reference for "Anglican". The quotation is as follows: 1598 King James VI & I in D. Calderwood True Hist....
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When, and where, was the word 'Anglican' first used in the context of the Protestant Church of England?

The OED (first edition) attests the first use to a letter dated Aug. 25, 1635, to a Dr. B. from James Howell and collected in his Familiar Letters on Important Subjects, published 1650. (Letter XLVIII)...
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What was the attitude towards Martin Luther among early non-Catholic Christians in Britain?

As near as I can tell, at the time of the publication of Luther's 95 Theses in 1518, there was not a significant openly-protestant movement in England. The kingdom would not break with the Catholic ...
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Representative early Anglican hymns?

You are out of luck for all but the very end of the period you describe. Congregational hymn singing was strongly frowned upon in the Anglican Church until popularized by Isaac Watts (1674-1748) in ...
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Could someone who had joined a monastery decide to leave?

This depends on the reason why the person was living in a monastery. Often monasteries were used as prisons explicitly. Some people were simply forbidden leaving, this often happened with people who ...
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Why are church reformist centers all outside the boundary of the original Roman Empire?

Is it a coincidence that the church reformist centers are virtually all outside the original Roman Empire border, the Roman Limes ? No. It is not. It is by no means some sort of mere coincidence that ...
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What was the biggest region in the Holy Roman Empire that was never Protestant, if any?

Short Answer: The Holy Roman Empire was larger than you might think, even in 1789, and included lands in France and Italy that might possibly never have had any Protestant clergy. There were many ...
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