The Arts of the Anglican Counter-Reformation: Glory, Laud and Honour

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Boydell Press, 2006 - Art - 207 pages
This book offers an accessible overview of the achievements of Laudian culture, so much of which was destroyed in the Civil Wars. Some eighty years after the Reformation, the brief span of the Anglican Counter-Reformation in the 1620s and 1630s saw a revival of the arts in the Church. With the rise of a `High Church' movement, initiated by Lancelot Andrewes and propelled by William Laud, John Cosin and Matthew Wren, the arts of religion flourished once again. New churches were built, and cathedrals and parish churches began to install new furnishings that were appropriate to the ceremonial forms of worship now being introduced. Painted glass, religious painting and sculpture, and ornate screens, font-covers and tombs all re-appeared. Sacred music enjoyed a revival too, as cathedral and chapel choirs required an enlarged repertoire for the more complex services that the Laudian movement favoured. The heightened mood of piety also found expression in a remarkable flowering of devotional poetry and prose. All these are discussed in this remarkable book. GRAHAM PARRY is Professor of English, University of York.

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Contents

The Revival of Ceremonies
1
Building the Temple
25
Laud and the Renovation of the Cathedrals
43
College Chapels at Oxford and Cambridge
59
Furnishing the Church
87
Devotional Prose of the Laudian Movement
113
Devotional Poetry
132
Church Music of the Laudian Era
157
Spelman and the Antiquaries
171
Conclusion
188
Select Bibliography
193
Index
201
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