What is William Bradford's view of the Church of England?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

William Bradford had a very negative opinion of the Church of England (also called the Anglican Church). Bradford was a member of a Puritan sect known as the Separatists. Like all Puritans, the Separatists had been influenced by John Calvin and his followers and thus believed the Anglican Church had been corrupted by Roman Catholic practices such as the office of Bishop, the veneration of saints, and ornamental items in churches (paintings, stained glass windows, etc.). As a Separatist, Bradford also believed the Church of England could not be redeemed from its corruption (some other Puritan groups believed the Church of England could be purified). This is why Bradford and the other Pilgrims left Europe to settle in the New World.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial