The Advisors Temporal

Mathew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury

After the schism when King Henry VIII broke from the Roman Catholic Church and created himself head of the Church of England the Advisors Temporal have changed with the change of each following Monarchy. Henry VIII with the treachery and manipulation by then Cardinal Wolsey preferred direct advisement from God praying for direction and guidance. Edward VI Advisors Temporal consisted mainly of the Archbishop of Canterbury as Protestantism and the Book of Common Prayer was established. Queen Mary returned the official faith of England to the Catholic Church and with it her Advisors Temporal were dictated by the Pope in Rome.

With the death of Queen Mary and the ascension of Queen Elizabeth the faith of England was returned to the Protestant faith and with it establishing Elizabeth as the head of the Church. In quick succession Elizabeth established the leaders of her Church and subsequently her Advisors Temporal in the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop of York, and twenty Bishops of the Realm. Unlike her sister Mary who actively purged those of the Protestant faith she allowed those if they so chose to retain their religion as long as they remained faithful to her and England.

Advisors Temporal

Queen Elizabeth unlike previous monarchs chose not “to open windows into men’s souls” and although establishing the country’s official faith as Protestant left the individual to choose their own faith.

The Archbishop of Canterbury as presiding leader of the Church of England is never too far away from her Majesty when she requires spiritual or religious guidance. When issues arise touching on matters of religion and the Church of England her Majesty turns to her two key advisors the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the twenty Bishops of the Realm. Her Majesty may even turn directly to a Bishop of a particular area if there are concerns in a specific Bishopric.

When on progress like her Privy Council the Queen brings her Advisors Temporal. Typically the Archbishop of Canterbury will join her or an individual of his choice. In most cases the Bishop overseeing the local area will travel to meet the progress so that she may have the advice of the Church close at hand on any issue or subject that might arise.