Beliefs and the Dead in Reformation England

Beliefs and the Dead in Reformation England

by Peter Marshall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199273723

ISBN-13: 9780199273720

Pub. Date: 09/09/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press

This is the first comprehensive study of one of the most important aspects of the Reformation in England: its impact on the status of the dead. It explores attitudes towards the dead in pre-Reformation religious culture, and traces the uncertain progress of the 'reformation of the dead' attempted by Protestant authorities who sought to stamp out belief in

Overview

This is the first comprehensive study of one of the most important aspects of the Reformation in England: its impact on the status of the dead. It explores attitudes towards the dead in pre-Reformation religious culture, and traces the uncertain progress of the 'reformation of the dead' attempted by Protestant authorities who sought to stamp out belief in purgatory and associated rituals. It also provides detailed surveys of Protestant perceptions of the afterlife, of the cultural meanings of the appearance of ghosts, and of the patterns of commemoration characteristic of post-Reformation England. Together these topics constitute an important case-study in the nature and tempo of the English Reformation as an agent of social and cultural change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199273720
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/09/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Presence of the Dead: Memory and Obligation before the Reformation
2. Debates over the Dead: Purgatory and Polemic in Henrician England
3. 'Rage against the Dead': Reform, Counter-Reform, and the Death of Purgatory
4. The Regulation of the Dead: Ritual and Reform in the English Church, c.1560-1630
5. The Estate of the Dead: The Afterlife in the Protestant Imagination
6. The Disorderly Dead: Ghosts and their Meanings in Reformation England
7. Remembering the Dead: Commemoration and Memory in Protestant Culture
Conclusion
Bibliography of Printed Primary Sources
Index

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