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A map showing the Provinces of the Anglican Communion (Blue). Also shown are the Churches in full communion with the Anglicans: The churches of the Porvoo Communion (Green), and the Old Catholics (Red).

Anglicanism most commonly refers to the beliefs and practices of the Anglican Communion, a world-wide affiliation of Christian Churches. There is no single "Anglican Church" with universal juridical authority, since each national or regional church has full autonomy. As the name suggests, the Anglican Communion is an association of these churches in full communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury. With over seventy seven million members, the Anglican Communion is the third largest communion in the world, after the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches.

Anglicanism, in its structures, theology and forms of worship, is understood as a distinct Christian tradition representing a middle ground between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism and, as such, is often referred to as being a via media (or middle way) between these traditions. Anglicans uphold the Catholic and Apostolic faith and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. In practice Anglicans believe this is revealed in Holy Scripture and the creeds, and interpret these in light of Christian tradition, scholarship, reason, and experience.

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St Mary's Church, Nantwich
St Mary's Church, Nantwich is in the centre of the market town of Nantwich, Cheshire, England. The church is a Grade I listed building. It has been called the "Cathedral of South Cheshire" and it is considered by some to be one of the finest medieval churches, not only in Cheshire, but in the whole of England. Richards describes it as "one of the great architectural treasures of Cheshire". Clifton-Taylor includes it in his list of "outstanding" English parish churches.

The building dates from the 14th century, although a number of changes have since been made, particularly a substantial 19th-century restoration by Sir George Gilbert Scott. The church and its octagonal tower are built in red sandstone. Features of the church's interior include the lierne-vaulted ceiling of the choir, the carved stone canopies of the sedilia in the chancel, and the intricately carved wooden canopies over the choirstalls together with the 20 misericords at the back of the stalls. The church is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Macclesfield and the deanery of Nantwich.

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Old Saint Paul's in Wellington, New Zealand. This photo of the nave is an example of high dynamic range imaging.

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Coronation portrait of Elizabeth I of England. Copy c. 1600-1610 by an unknown painter of a lost original of 1559.
Elizabeth I (7 September 153324 March 1603) was Queen of England, France (in name only), and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. She is sometimes referred to as The Virgin Queen, Gloriana, or Good Queen Bess, and was immortalised by Edmund Spenser as the Faerie Queene. A new Act of Supremacy became law under Elizabeth. The queen's title was agreed to be Supreme Governor of the Church of England rather than the more contentious Supreme Head. At the same time, a new Act of Uniformity was passed, which made attendance at church and the use of an adapted version of the 1552 Book of Common Prayer compulsory, though the penalties for disobedience were not extreme. Many Roman Catholics, particularly on the continent, regarded Elizabeth as a heretic. In 1570, Pope Pius V excommunicated her, calling her the "pretended queen of England". This sanction, which in theory released English Catholics from allegiance to Elizabeth, only served to link loyalty to the throne and membership of the Anglican church more closely together. It also placed English Roman Catholics in greater danger, encouraging them to rebel and raising doubts about their loyalty to the crown.

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