Westminster Abbey Reformed: 1540-1640

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Westminster Abbey occupies a unique position in the religious and royal landscape of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. As the scene of coronations and other great public occasions, it has been the continuing focus of the nation's religious life for half the Christian era. Yet the building itself would not have survived the upheavals of the Protestant Reformation had the institution running it not been itself 'reformed' from monastery into collegiate church. These nine studies discuss ways in which Westminster's new corporate structure evolved in the first century of its existence, and look at some of the personalities who played a part in that process. New research, much of it in the Abbey's own rich archive, opens up previously unseen views of this great church's internal affairs, its relationship with the Crown, and its place in its own locality.

Contents: Preface
Introduction: Westminster Abbey from Reformation to Revolution
King's College, C.S. Knighton
John Redman, the gentle ambler, Ashley Null
The sanctuary, David Loades
The musicians of Westminster Abbey, 1540-1640, Stanford Lehmberg
The coronations of Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I and the transformation of the Tudor Monarchy, Dale Hoak
'Under the shadowe of the church'?: the Abbey and the town of Westminster 1530-1640, J.F. Merritt
Richard Neile, Dean of Westminster 1605-1610: home grown talent makes its mark, Andrew Foster
Canon fire: Peter Heylyn at Westminster, Anthony Milton
The Lord of Jerusalem: John Williams as Dean of Westminster, C.S. Knighton

About the Author:
About the Editors: Dr C.S. Knighton, Public Record Office, UK and Dr Richard Mortimer, Keeper of the Muniment's of Westminster Abbey, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754608608
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
List of Abbreviations
Technical Note
Introduction: Westminster Abbey from Reformation to Revolution 1
Ch. 1 King's College 16
Ch. 2 John Redman, the Gentle Ambler 38
Ch. 3 The Sanctuary 75
Ch. 4 The Musicians of Westminster Abbey, 1540-1640 94
Ch. 5 The Coronations of Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, and the Transformation of the Tudor Monarchy 114
Ch. 6 'Under the shadowe of the Church'? The Abbey and the town of Westminster 1530-1640 152
Ch. 7 Richard Neile, Dean of Westminster 1605-1610: Home-grown talent makes its mark 183
Ch. 8 Canon Fire: Peter Heylyn at Westminster 207
Ch. 9 The Lord of Jerusalem: John Williams as Dean of Westminster 232
Index 261
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