It would be difficult to disentangle fully the various strands of religious reform in early modern England from the educational, aesthetic, and philosophical movements that fall under the broad term 'humanism'. Nevertheless, the relationship between religious reform and new developments in various humanist projects was not always peaceful. The tensions between humanism and religious reform provoke many questions: Where were the lines of fracture in the symbiotic relationship between religious reform and the humanisms of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in England? Did religious reform restrict the development of humanism in England, or did it promote a new flourishing of humanism? Or both in different ways? Do we see these tensions manifest in literature, music, and the visual arts? This panel will explore the points of tension -- whether stultifying or fruitful -- between early modern English religious reform and humanist projects of all kinds.
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