An Apology or Answer in Defence of The Church Of England
Lady Anne Bacon's Translation of Bishop John Jewel's Apologia Ecclesiae Anglicanae

Edited by Patricia Demers

Tudor and Stuart Translations 22

Modern Humanities Research Association

1 January 2016  •  226pp

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Lady Anne Cooke Bacon’s translation of Bishop John Jewel’s Apologia Ecclesiae Anglicanae (1562) as An Apology or Answer in Defence of the Church of England (1564) is the official defence of the Elizabethan Settlement. At once an explanation and vindication of the establishment of the English Church and an attack on the perceived failings of the Church of Rome, An Apology embodies the tensions of a polemical age. It illustrates how politics and religion were inextricably entwined in early printed books.

As well as shining light on the intense controversy between Jewel, Bishop of Salisbury, and fellow Devon native Thomas Harding, exiled in Louvain, Lady Bacon’s text and its reception foreground the critical significance of her translating expertise in presenting church history and debates through pungent, idiomatic prose. One of the lauded Cooke sisters and mother of Sir Anthony and Sir Francis, Lady Bacon combined her proven talent in languages and reform principles with an insider’s knowledge of court intrigues.

Although her translation disappeared from print acknowledgement for almost two centuries, it is here offered in a richly annotated edition. Explaining and contextualizing the cryptic marginalia, this edition allows twenty-first-century readers to feel the heat and apprehend the strategic importance of An Apology.

Patricia Demers is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Alberta.

Reviews:

  • ‘Lady Anne Bacon’s 'An Apology or Answer in Defence of the Church of England', edited by Patricia Demers for the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) Tudor and Stuart Translations series, has a comprehensive and wonderfully clear introduction describing Bacon’s provocative and blunt style, her commitment to humanist rather than technical translation principles, and her motives for taking on a translation of John Jewel’s flash point 'Apologia Ecclesiae Anglicanae' in the first place.’ — Katherine Eggert, English Literature 57, 2017, 208
  • ‘Patricia Demers’s new edition is an important addition to the MHRA series Tudor and Stuart Translations. In line with the ambitions of the series, the edition makes Anne’s translation more accessible to modern readers, both through its substantial introduction and through the comprehensive footnotes on the text itself... This edition will be welcomed not only by scholars of early modern female translation, but also by those interested in the place held by the Apology in Elizabethan religious debate.’ — Gemma Allen, Renaissance Quarterly 70.1, Spring 2017, 361-62
  • ‘This is an excellent volume and should become the new standard edition of the English translation of the Apologia. The work is available in an affordable paperback edition, making it ideal for classroom use.’ — Greg Peters, Sixteenth Century Journal 48.1, 2017, 242-43
  • ‘Patricia Demers’s beautifully- and painstakingly-edited volume makes an excellent addition to the series... Demers has produced a very fine and full edition of the Bacon/Jewel Apology or Answer in Defence of the Church of England that should be invaluable to scholars and graduate students working in early modern women’s writing, Elizabethan history, and the history and theology of the English Reformation.’ — Patricia Brace, Renaissance and Reformation 40.2, Spring 2017, 169-171
  • ‘This edition is an invaluable resource for both students and scholars for many reasons, such as its structure and features, the excellent background information in the introduction, and the clarity of Demers’s writing... This volume will prove very useful to scholars of the Elizabethan Church, and its glossary and footnotes also make it accessible for students. Considering the centrality of its argument to early Elizabethan religious debate, this new edition is an invaluable addition to modern translations of early modern primary sources.’ — Angela Ranson, Spenser Review 48.2.11, Spring-Summer 2018

Contents:

i-vi
Front Matter
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vii-vii
Table of Contents
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viii-viii
General Editors’ Foreword
Andrew Hadfield, Neil Rhodes
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ix-x
Acknowledgements
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1-66
Introduction
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67-364
The Spanish Bawd
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365-369
Glossary
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370-395
Bibliography
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396-402
INDEX
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Bibliography entry:

Demers, Patricia (ed.), An Apology or Answer in Defence of The Church Of England: Lady Anne Bacon's Translation of Bishop John Jewel's Apologia Ecclesiae Anglicanae, Tudor and Stuart Translations, 22 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2016)

First footnote reference: 35 An Apology or Answer in Defence of The Church Of England: Lady Anne Bacon's Translation of Bishop John Jewel's Apologia Ecclesiae Anglicanae, ed. by Patricia Demers, Tudor and Stuart Translations, 22 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2016), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Demers, p. 47.

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Demers, Patricia (ed.). 2016. An Apology or Answer in Defence of The Church Of England: Lady Anne Bacon's Translation of Bishop John Jewel's Apologia Ecclesiae Anglicanae, Tudor and Stuart Translations, 22 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Demers 2016: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Demers 2016: 21.

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