The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, C.1400-c.1580

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Yale University Press, 2005 - Religion - 654 pages
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This prize-winning account of the pre-Reformation church recreates lay people’s experience of religion in fifteenth-century England. Eamon Duffy shows that late medieval Catholicism was neither decadent nor decayed, but was a strong and vigorous tradition, and that the Reformation represented a violent rupture from a popular and theologically respectable religious system. For this edition, Duffy has written a new Preface reflecting on recent developments in our understanding of the period.
From reviews of the first edition:
"A magnificent scholarly achievement [and] a compelling read.”--Patricia Morrison, Financial Times
"Deeply imaginative, movingly written, and splendidly illustrated. . . . Duffy’s analysis . . . carries conviction.”--Maurice Keen, New York Review of Books
"This book will afford enjoyment and enlightenment to layman and specialist alike.”--Peter Heath, Times Literary Supplement
"[An] astonishing and magnificent piece of work.”--Edward T. Oakes, Commonweal
 

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"On certain feasts objects to be blessed might be brought up at this point: candles at Candlemas, butter, cheese, and eggs at Easter, apples on St James's day". A serious piece of historical research ... Read full review

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This is a classic written by one of the preeminent historians of the Reformation. The first half, and pretty much the majority of the book focuses on teh Catholic Church prior to the Reformation. The ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
THE STRUCTURES
9
How the Plowman learned his Paternoster
53
The Mass
91
Corporate Christians
131
The Saints
155
the Laity and the Primers
209
The Devotions of the Primers
233
THE STRIPPING OF
377
To the death of Henry VIII
424
The Reign of Edward VI
448
Parishes
478
Wtlls
504
Mary
524
Elizabeth
565
Ab reviations
594

Lay Piety
266
Last Things
301
The Pains of Purgatory
338
Photographic Acknowledgements
626
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About the author (2005)

Eamon Duffy is Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge and President of Magdalene College. He is the author of Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes and The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village, both available in paperback from Yale University Press.

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