Coming in to the King

An early chapter of the novel is entitled “Coming in to the King” , a phrase referring to a British policy initiated under the Tudors which also was known as Surrender and Regrant. In this case the irony of the term is that the Protestant protagonist is coming in to the Roman Catholic Church by entering the chapel to confess his sins. Will is in a sense submitting to the will of the Roman Catholic Church as the chieftains did to the Tudors, and he too retains sovereignty, remarking to the priest that he needs no intermediary to act of his behalf between himself and God.

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