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The Stripping of the Altars By Eamon Duffy

The Stripping of the Altars

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Offers a challenge to much that has been written about the pre-Reformation church. Duffy sets out to recreate 15th-century English lay-people's experience of religion, revealing the richness and complexity of the Catholicism by which men and women structured their experience of the world.
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The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580 by Eamon Duffy

This book offers a fundamental challenge to much that has been written about the pre-Reformation church. Eamon Duffy recreates 15th-century English laypeople's experience of religion, revealing the richness and complexity of the Catholicism by which men and women structured their experience of the world and their hopes within and beyond it. He then tells the story of the destruction of that Church - the stripping of the altars - from Henry VIII's break with the papacy until the Elizabethan settlement. Bringing together theological, liturgical, literary and iconographic analysis with historical narrative, Duffy argues 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. The first part of the book reviews the main features of religious belief and practice up to 1536. Duffy examines the factors that contributed to the close lay engagement with the structures of late medieval Catholicism: the liturgy; the impact of literacy and printing on lay religious knowledge; the conventions and contents of lay prayer; the relation of orthodox religious practice and magic; the Mass and the cult of the saints; and the lay belief about death and the afterlife. In the second part of the book Duffy explores the impact of Protestant reforms on this traditional religion, providing evidence of popular discontent from medieval wills and from parish records. He documents the widespread opposition to Protestantism during the reigns of Henry and Edward, discusses Mary's success in reestablishng Catholicism and describes the public resistance to Elizabeth's dismantling of parochial Catholicism that did not wane until the late 1570s.

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Table of Contents


Part 1 The structures of traditional religion: liturgy, learning and the laity - seasons and signs - the liturgical year, how the plowman learned his Paternoster; encountering the Holy - the mass, corporate Christians, the saints; prayers and spells - "lewd and learned" - the laity and the primers, the devotions of the primers, charms, pardons and promises - lay piety and "superstition" in the primers; now, and at the hour of our death - last things, the pains of Purgatory. Part 2 The stripping of the altars, 1530-1580: the attack on traditional religion - from the break with Rome to the Act of Six Articles, to the death of Henry VIII, the reign of Edward VI; the impact of reform - parishes, wills; Mary; Elizabeth.

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GOR001492232
The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580 by Eamon Duffy
Eamon Duffy
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Yale University Press
1994-09-01
666
0300060769
9780300060768
N/A
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