Reformation in Britain and Ireland

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"The study of the Reformation in England and Wales, Ireland and Scotland has traditionally been treated as part of a separate series of national histories. Reformation in Britain and Ireland draws upon the growing genre of writing about British history to construct an innovative narrative of religious change in the sixteenth century. The diverse experiences of the four countries (or three kingdoms) faced with the challenge of the Lutheran Reformation and Henry VIII's break with Rome are here studied in a single text. The separate political and ecclesiastical stories of Britain and Ireland are given due weight, but the author argues that interaction between the various realms is also essential to understanding religious reform." The volume investigates doctrinal change; the methods by which populations were evangelized; and religious attitudes and responses to Protestantism among clergy and laity. It follows prevailing historiographical arguments in seeing the late medieval Church as popular, while emphasizing that it was culturally distinctive in different parts of these territories.
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"This pioneering study is a promising effort in placing the English Reformation in a British Isles context." —Religious Studies Review
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Jesus College
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Table of Contents

1 Authority and control 15
2 The state of the clergy 43
3 Communities and beliefs 81
4 The politics of reform, 1530-1558 115
5 The clergy in the years of change, 1530-1558 179
6 Responses to change : the laity and the church 217
7 The word disseminated 257
8 Theology and worship 305
9 Cuius Regio, Eius Religio? : the churches, politics, and religious identities, 1558-1600 353
10 Reforming people and community : church, clergy, and laity, 1558-1600 425
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