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

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This profoundly influential book re-examines events leading up to the Reformation and enriches our understanding of the period. It recreates lay people's experience of religion in the pre-Reformation church showing 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 substantial new introduction, including a...
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Overview

This profoundly influential book re-examines events leading up to the Reformation and enriches our understanding of the period. It recreates lay people's experience of religion in the pre-Reformation church showing 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 substantial new introduction, including a discussion of the Lollards and reflections on recent developments in Reformation studies.
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Duffy's 1992 chronicle of religions in 15th- and 16th-century England snagged the Longman-History of Today Book of the Year Award and kudos from reviewers. This heavily illustrated edition includes a lengthy new intro by Duffy, who also updates the text. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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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

TLS - Jonathan Bate

“It has had huge influence in departments of literature and religious studies, as well as those of history. At the same time, it has reached a broad general public interested in the Roman Catholic inheritance in Britain. Its successes came not only from Duffy’s scholarship and style, but also from Yale’s nurturing, marketing and production values, and from the responses in such places as the TLS.”—Jonathan Bate, Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300060768
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 12/23/1992
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 666
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Meet the Author


Eamon Duffy is Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge and President of Magdalene College. He is the author of Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes and The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village, both available in paperback from Yale University Press.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I The structures of traditional religion 9
1 Seasons and signs : the liturgical year 11
2 How the plowman learned his Paternoster 53
3 The Mass 91
4 Corporate Christians 131
5 The saints 155
6 "Lewed and learned" : the laity and the Primers 209
7 The devotions of the Primers 233
8 Charms, pardons and promises : lay piety and "superstition" in the Primers 266
9 Last things 301
10 The pains of purgatory 338
Pt. II The stripping of the altars, 1530-1580 377
11 The attack on traditional religion I : from the break with Rome to the Act of Six Articles 379
12 The attack on traditional religion II : to the death of Henry VIII 424
13 The attack on traditional religion III : the reign of Edward VI 448
14 The impact of reform : parishes 478
15 The impact of reform : wills 504
16 Mary 524
17 Elizabeth 565
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    Was that English?

    The book is about the The English Protestant Reformation from the point of view of a Catholic, which gives it an unique insight. However, the sources are written in Old English and are hardly understandable, and the book leaves much doubt to his original thesis.

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