The Journal of William Dowsing: Iconoclasm in East Anglia During the English Civil War

Front Cover
Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2001 - History - 551 pages
During the Civil War, in late 1643 and 1644, the Suffolk puritan William Dowsing visited some hundred parish churches in Cambridgeshire, and about a hundred and fifty in Suffolk, smashing stained glass and other 'superstitious' imagery, ripping up monumental brass inscriptions, destroying altar rails and steps, and pulling down crucifixes and crosses. He dealt equally vigorously with the chapels of the Cambridge colleges, still fresh from their Laudian re-ordering. This modern edition of Dowsing's journal brings together, with commentary, the Cambridgeshire and Suffolk sections of his record of what he destroyed, never previously published together. Dowsing and his character and beliefs are set in context, with coverage of Dowsing and the administration of iconoclasm; the work of Dowsing and his deputies in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk; Dowsing and Cambridge University, and the arguments at Pembroke College; evidence of destruction in the other counties of the Eastern Association; the text and history of the journal. Contributors: JOHN BLATCHLY, TREVOR COOPER, JOHN MORRILL, S. SADLER, ROBERT WALKER.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Dowsings homes JOHN BLATCHLY
29
Dowsing at Cambridge University trevor cooper
47
Dowsings arguments with the Fellows of Pembroke
56
Dowsings deputies in Suffolk JOHN blatchly
67
identifying iconoclasm outside
89
iconoclasm in Norfolk 1644 JOHN blatchly
107
Iconoclasm in other counties of the Eastern Association
123
The history and nature of the Journal TREVOR COOPER
138
a biographical note
345
Parish records
351
Bell damage in Norfolk and Suffolk
381
Number of cases of each type of evidence for iconoclasm
387
The chronology of iconoclasm outside the Journal
388
Frequency distribution of expenditure on replacing
394
How many brasses were damaged?
396
The nature of brass survivals in Cambridgeshire
401

The text of this edition Trevor cooper
146
Jl Items from Peterhouse chapel
158
J2 Expenditure on glass in Kings College chapel 164153
182
his immediate family
323
The organisation of Dowsings set of Parliamentary sermons
328
a Dowsing associate in Ipswich
334
Items forbidden under the terms of the Parliamentary
338
The survival of brass inscriptions in Norfolk
407
How many churches in Suffolk were visited?
409
Questions
418
Bibliography
503
Index to objects and images in the Journal
521
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information