Parker Society

History
The Parker Society, 'For the Publication of the Works of the Fathers and Early Writers of the Reformed English Church', was formed in 1840 and disbanded in 1855 when its work was completed. Its name is taken from that of Matthew Parker, the first Elizabethan Archbishop of Canterbury, who was known as a great collector and preserver of books. The stimulus for the foundation of the society was provided by the nineteenth-Century Tractarians. Some members of this movement, e.g., R.H. Froude in his Remains of 1838-9, spoke most disparagingly of the English Reformation: 'Really I hate the Reformation and the Reformers more and more'. Keble could add in 1838, 'Anything which separates the present Church from the Reformers I should hail as a great good'. Protestants within the Church of England therefore felt the urgent need to make available in an attractive and accessible form the works of the leaders of the English Reformation. To many it seemed that the Protestant foundations of the English Church were being challenged like never before.
Thus the society represented a co-operation between traditional High Churchmen and evangelical churchmen, both of whom were committed to the Reformation teaching on justification by faith. Subscribers were also involved in the erection of the Martyrs' Memorial in Oxford, although this was as much anti-Roman Catholic as anti-Tractarian.
The society had about seven thousand subscribers who paid one pound each year from 1841 to 1855; thus for fifteen pounds the subscribers received fifty- three volumes - the General Index and the Latin originals of the 1847 'Original Letters relative to the English Reformation' being special subscriptions. Twenty-four editors were used and the task of arriving at the best text was far from easy. The choice of publications was controversial and some authors and works were unfortunate not to be included in PS volumes. While some of the volumes have been superseded by more recent critical editions, today this collection remains one of the most valuable sources for the study of the English Reformation.
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  1. A Catechism Written in Latin by Alexander Nowell, Dean of St. Paul's

    Alexander Nowell, G. E. Corrie

    Wipf and Stock / JUL 2005

    The Parker Society was the London-based Anglican society that printed in fifty-four volumes the works of the leading English Reformers of the sixteenth century. It was formed in 1840 and disbanded... read more »
  2. A Defence of the Sincere and True Translations of the Holy Scriptures into the English Tongue

    William Fulke, Charles Hartshorne

    Wipf and Stock / FEB 2004

    The Parker Society was the London-based Anglican society that printed in fifty-four volumes the works of the leading English Reformers of the sixteenth century. It was formed in 1840 and disbanded... read more »
  3. A Disputation on Holy Scripture

    William Whitaker, William Fitzgerald

    Wipf and Stock / FEB 2004

    The Parker Society was the London-based Anglican society that printed in fifty-four volumes the works of the leading English Reformers of the sixteenth century. It was formed in 1840 and disbanded... read more »
  4. An Answer in Defence of the Truth against the Apology of Private Mass

    Thomas Cooper, John Jewel, et al.…

    Wipf and Stock / MAY 2005

    The Parker Society was the London-based Anglican society that printed in fifty-four volumes the works of the leading English Reformers of the sixteenth century. It was formed in 1840 and disbanded... read more »
  5. An Answer to John Martiall's Treatise of the Cross

    James Calfhill, Richard Gibbings

    Wipf and Stock / JAN 2007

  6. An Answer to Sir Thomas More's Dialogue

    William Tyndale

    Wipf and Stock / FEB 2006

    The Parker Society was the London-based Anglican society that printed in fifty-four volumes the works of the leading English Reformers of the sixteenth century. It was formed in 1840 and disbanded... read more »
  7. Correspondence of Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury

    Matthew Parker, John Bruce, et al.…

    Wipf and Stock / JUL 2005

    The Parker Society was the London-based Anglican society that printed in fifty-four volumes the works of the leading English Reformers of the sixteenth century. It was formed in 1840 and disbanded... read more »
  8. Doctrinal Treatises and Introductions to Different Portions of the Holy Scriptures

    William Tyndale

    Wipf and Stock / APR 2005

    The Parker Society was the London-based Anglican society that printed in fifty-four volumes the works of the leading English Reformers of the sixteenth century. It was formed in 1840 and disbanded... read more »
  9. Early Works of Thomas Becon

    Thomas Becon, John Ayre

    Wipf and Stock / FEB 2004

    The Parker Society was the London-based Anglican society that printed in fifty-four volumes the works of the leading English Reformers of the sixteenth century. It was formed in 1840 and disbanded... read more »
  10. Expositions of Scripture and Practice of Prelates

    William Tyndale, Henry Walter

    Wipf and Stock / MAY 2004

    The Parker Society was the London-based Anglican society that printed in fifty-four volumes the works of the leading English Reformers of the sixteenth century. It was formed in 1840 and disbanded... read more »

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