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which source is the odd one out - I'm really stuck between two. I'm doing a past paper for revision - the question is how far do the sources suggest that England was a Protestant country by the end of Edward VI's reign?

SOURCE A: the accounts kept by the churchwardens of a Worcester parish record the impact of the Edwardian reformation in the Midlands.
1548: Payment for hewing down of the seats or the images in the church and whiteliming the church.
1548-49: Money received for a lamp and a censer
Money received for a copper cross
Money received for a holy water pot, organ pipes, case and coffer of the organs
Payment for the writing of two inventories and church goods
Payment for the writing of the scriptures and painting the church
Payment for the taking down of the alters and paving where the alters stood.
1552-3: Money received for the rood loft
Payment for taking down the rood loft
- From the churchwarden's accounts, St Michael's bedwardine, Worcester

Source B: A distinguished German protestant who arrived in England in 1548, and taught
theology at Cambridge University, sends news of religious events in England to a leading
European protestant.
The Bishops have not yet agreed on Christian doctrine, let alone the rules of the Church, and very
few parishes have qualified clergymen. Sometimes the clergy read the services rapidly, so that the
ordinary people have no more understanding of it than if it were still in Latin rather than English. When
these problems are presented to the bishops, they say they cannot correct them without an Act of
Parliament. Though Parliament meets every year, the number of secular matters stops Church affairs
being discussed. When you next write to the Duke of Somerset, you must urge him to reform the
Martin Bucer, letter to John Calvin, June 1550

SOURCE C: An act of Parliament of 1552 imposes the Second Prayer Book.
In spite of the introduction of the First Common Prayer Book by Parliament, a great number of people
in this realm willfully and damnably refuse to come to their parish churches on Sundays and holy days.
In future those who are absent shall be punished by the Church courts. The First Common Prayer Book
has produced doubts about the form of worship, so the King has ordered a Second Book of Common
Prayer to replace it. Anyone who uses another form of worship shall be imprisoned for six months.
Second Act of Uniformity, 1552

SOURCE D: Archbishop Cranmer rewrites the Eucharist Service
Hear us merciful father, we beg that; and we grant you that we, receiving your gifts of bread and wine, according to Christ's example, in remembrance of his death, may we share in his most blessed body and blood.

And when the minister delivers the bread, he shall say:
Take this and eat this, in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your heart by faith, with thanksgiving.

And when the minister delivers the cup, he shall say:
Drink this in remembrance that Christ's blood was shed for you and be thankful.
The Book Of Common Prayer, 1552

Any help would be appreciated, thank you so much <3
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It's been a VERY long time since I did tudor history (A level) but from what I remember this is my opinion:

Source A: limited - shows whilst there are moves to a more protestant church (Removing of religious imager), it lacks a lot of validity as it may not reflect whether individuals accepted and supported these changes

B- odd one out. whilst the protestant dude teaching at a university shows that these are the ideas being spread by inflkuential people (and are likely to impact students) it shows disagreements between bishops, indicating the English people did have an issue with protestantism and didnt accept these ideals. so whilst there may be laws/changes in church, protestantism isn't necessarily believed and accepted by the people

Source C: stronger, English laws uphold protestant ideals, and fear of imprisonment will enforce many to accept these beliefs. Definitely shows England is protestant by law, but again is limited as it doesn't show an insight into what the people believe

D: strongish. cranmers a pretty key figure in protestantism, but again, it doesnt show the belief on the people, only the changes occurring within the church.

Sources A C & D only show England was highly protestant legally and 'officially' but these changes do not reflect what people actually think. Thus source B is stronger as it shows despite these changes, individuals were still arguing, indicating protestantism was not the sole religious belief in England and people still had an issue with it (but note the date doesnt show if this was still the case at the end of Edwards reign).
Overall, it seems like the answer is 'a small extent' but thats just my opinion,

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