Preface; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Principal dates in Hooker's life and in the publication of his work; Bibliographical note; The text and notes of this edition; Part I. Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity; Part II. The First Book; Part III. The Eighth Book; A guide to Hooker's sources and to the Elizabethan debate about religion and society; Index of scriptural citations; Index of persons; Subject index.
Demonstrates the relevance and importance of the politico-religious project Hooker undertook, showing that The Laws offer more than an apologia for the Elizabethan religious settlement.