Why is it that in Doctor Faustus Marlowe's satire mocks the Catholic Church and Pope? Is it because of the difficulties Catholics went through after the change in the reign from Mary I to Elizabeth I and because of how that change affected religion in Britain? What was the effect of the Elizabethan Protestant Reformation on the satire against the Church in Doctor Faustus?  

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FIRST: Marlowe was Protestant Anglican (Church of England) and at one time was a Canterbury Scholar at Cambridge, which indicates an intent to go into the Anglican ministry. Certainly this indicates a predisposition in Marlowe to hold to and carry on Protestant England's ill-will and adversarial disposition against Catholic England and, perhaps, Catholicism in general, which would be represented, of course, by the Pope, Pius V. That Marlowe was a publicly recognized Anglican Protestant is confirmed by his espionage work (spy work) for Queen Elizabeth (now fairly well acknowledged as having adequate proof of fact).

SECOND: Protestant Queen Elizabeth I, though initially tolerant of religious difference upon succeeding to the thrown (1547) following the reign of Catholic Queen Mary I (Bloody Mary), became increasingly more...

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