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The Catholic Priesthood and the English Reformation
     

The Catholic Priesthood and the English Reformation

by Peter James Marshall, Peter Marshall
 

The religious changes of Henry VIII and Edward VI had a profound effect upon the clergy of the English church, raising questions as to its status, jurisdiction, and proper place in the divine scheme of salvation. This is the first full examination of the cumulative impact of these changes upon the relationship between priests in the parishes and the lay men and

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The religious changes of Henry VIII and Edward VI had a profound effect upon the clergy of the English church, raising questions as to its status, jurisdiction, and proper place in the divine scheme of salvation. This is the first full examination of the cumulative impact of these changes upon the relationship between priests in the parishes and the lay men and women who depended upon them for spiritual nourishment and religious instruction, and who frequently found them wanting in these and other respects. It provides a perceptive exploration of the role of the Catholic priesthood in the church and in the life of the community. Using a wide range of contemporary sources, Marshall demonstrates how the practical consequences of the Reformation undermined the fragile modus vivendi that had sustained the late medieval system.

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"Marshall deftly steers the reader through a wide range of sources....We emerge with an enlarged perception of prevailing platitudes as well as changing attitudes."—Times Literary Supplement

"...a number of provocative and exciting insights and...has added a great deal of texture to our knowledge of the clergy and the laity in the sixteenth century."—American Historical Review

"Marshall's work on the Catholic priesthood is a major contribution to revisionist historical literature on the English Reformation."—Church History

"Marshall's interesting and well-documented study enhances our knowledge of lay attitudes..."—Albion

"An original and richly detailed study of the parochial priesthood in the English church..."—Religious Studies Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198204480
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1994
Series:
Oxford Historical Monographs Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.69(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.91(d)

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