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Richard Hooker was once a realized philosophical theologian and engaged polemicist of the later 16th century who defined and defended the Elizabethan spiritual and political payment.

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Travers initiated the argument by openly advocating his presbyterian principles: he encouraged Hooker to submit his royal appointment to congregational approval, he promoted liturgical changes supported by the nonconformists, and proposed the conversion of traditional churchwardens and overseers into ruling lay elders and deacons. Hooker firmly rejected all such efforts to subject the Temple Church to a presbyterian disciplina. Travers countered by using the Temple pulpit as a public platform from which to challenge the orthodoxy of Hooker’s teachings.

Book V of the Lawes is both a defence of the Book of Common Prayer against the objections of the disciplinarians who contended that it was full of superstitious practices ‘culled out of that popish dunghill, the Masse Booke,’ and, without divorcing the book from its polemical context, it provides a constructive exposition of those practices by showing that in the Prayer Book ‘True Religion’ could indeed be the ‘roote of all true virtues and the stay of all well ordered common-wealthes,’43 thereby confirming Hooker’s reputation as its foremost interpreter as well as apologist.

41 38 40. ‘Notes on the Sixth Book by George Cranmer and Edwin Sandys,’ FLE 3:107– 39 Sisson, Judicious Marriage, 64; William P. Haugaard, ‘Introduction to the Preface,’ FLE 6(1):27–43. 40 Secor, Richard Hooker: Prophet, 278–326. 41 Walton’s account of Hooker at Bishopsbourne includes what was to prove an influential description of Hooker’s character: his poor clothes, his mean stature, his body stooped with study and mortification, his face covered with heat pimples, his dim sight, and his modest, bashful disposition (Life, 127–31).

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