Abstract

Anne Askew employs scriptural exegesis in her Examinations to reinterpret the traditional rite of Communion. Scholars have yet to explore the significance of the late-medieval practice of taking the Eucharist annually at Easter in Askew's devotional life. Although she denies the presence of Christ's body in the Eucharist, Askew asserts that taking Communion with fellow Christians is central to her identity as an evangelical Christian. While the crown struggled to suppress Sacramentarianism, reformers such as Askew shifted their focus from Christ's body to the community of believers gathered to remember Christ's sacrifice through the ritual of Communion.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1522-9270
Print ISSN
0039-3657
Pages
pp. 1-16
Launched on MUSE
2010-02-24
Open Access
No
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