From the 16th-century Elizabethan Settlement to the Restoration in the late 17th century, the English Church developed slowly and with great upheaval into an Anglican ethos with both Protestant and Catholic elements.
Schisms and Sects
Numerous groups have broken permanently from the established Church of England, and several identifiable groups within Anglicanism have emerged, including Liberal Catholics, Anglo-Catholics, and Evangelicals.
Missions and Expansion
Anglicanism spread through the expansion of the British Empire and through missionary efforts. It has become a worldwide communion with diversity in language, liturgy, and ethos.
Exploration and Conquest
Anglican missionary efforts followed the expansion of the British Empire, but also was an imperialistic instrument in its own right. Anglicanism also became indigenized and evolved according to local traditions.
The dominant characteristic of modern Anglicanism has been the rise of liberalism and reactions against it. Schism has resulted and the future of the Anglican Communion is uncertain.