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The Folger Library Edition of The Works of Richard Hooker, Volume III: Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity

The Folger Library Edition of The Works of Richard Hooker, Volume III: Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity

Richard Hooker

Edited by P. G. Stanwood

ISBN 9780674632103

Publication date: 01/01/1981

The writings of Richard Hooker are of central interest to those studying English Renaissance thought and literature. In this, the third volume of a much-needed critical edition of the Works of Richard Hooker, are the posthumous books of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity. Hooker planned the Laws in eight books, but he died shortly after publication of Book Five. Books Six, Seven, and Eight, which contain his analysis of jurisdiction, episcopacy, and the royal supremacy, are here transcribed from versions that have the most authority. The volume also includes Hooker’s autograph notes toward those texts (brought to light by P. G. Stanwood in the course of his research) and the contemporary notes by George Cranmer and Edwin Sandys on a lost draft of Book Six. Mr. Stanwood’s introduction lays to rest all doubts about the authenticity of the last three books as we have them, doubts current since publication of Walton’s Life of Hooker in 1662.

This edition, sponsored by the Folger Library, is providing authoritative texts to serve as a basis for the scholarly reappraisal of Richard Hooker’s writings that is presently underway.

Praise

  • Volumes worthy to stand next to the other great monuments of modern editing of English Renaissance literature… Thanks to the new edition a full assessment of Hooker will now be possible.

    —Queen’s Quarterly

Author

  • W. Speed Hill was Associate Professor of English at Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York.

Book Details

  • 728 pages
  • 2-1/8 x 6-1/4 x 9-1/2 inches
  • Belknap Press
  • General editor W. Speed Hill

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