The Stripping of the Altars : Traditional Religion in England,1400-1580, Paperback

The Stripping of the Altars : Traditional Religion in England,1400-1580 Paperback

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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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A wonderful book! Duffy provides a clear, bottom-up view of the English Reformation. It provides the reader with an understanding of what was lost, what was gained, and the origins of the current projection of the Anglican traditions. Packed full of primary source documentation – a must read for anyone interested in Church History and liturgics.

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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 last part focuses on the Reformation from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I. The book is extremely long but that is because the autor has packed into it extreme amounts of detail as well as research. This historian has done excellent research on this topic which is why the reader can be confident in the information they are getting. The author included pictures throughout the book which helps with bringing the Reformation and the Catholic religion in the 1400s to life for the reader. It also helps make the book a little less tedious to read.Because there is so much detail contained in this book, it is a long read and can sometimes get a little tedious or slow to read. Because of this, I would not recommend this to anyone who isn't highly interested in the Reformation.

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