William Perkins (1558-1602) has usually been viewed as a Puritan who, for the most part, was content to minister within the Church of England without making very much fuss about the liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer. In this, he was unlike many other Puritans in the national church who argued for further reform.
Today sees the consecration of Rev. Libby Lane as Bishop of Stockport, the first woman to be made a bishop of the Church of England. This is a historic occasion: since Henry VIII’s break with the Church of Rome over 450 years ago, every Anglican bishop in this country has been male - until today.