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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, they expressed the desire of the central government to have better knowledge of the population of the country. The 1538 Act requiring parishes to keep these ...


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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 Roman Christianity persisted within the confines of Romance civilizations, whereas Protestant Christianity blossomed primarily in Germanic areas. A closer look ...


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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 Roman Empire and cuius regio, eius religio. There were various reform (or schismatic) movements, like the Cathars or the Lollards which are little known because ...


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