Drawn up by convocation in 1563, the Articles listed the fundamental basis of Anglican doctrine. They gave a distinctive middle way between the more extreme Calvinist doctrines and those of the Catholic church, and in 1571 parliament agreed that all clergymen should subscribe to them.
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The earliest book of English table manners was written by Daniel of Beccles in the time of Henry II. It prohibited elbows on tables, talking with full mouths and scratching armpits. It also gave guidance on what to do if the wife of the host were to make a pass at a guest: he should feign illness.