The Reformation of the English Parish Church

The Reformation of the English Parish Church

by Robert Whiting
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Cambridge University Press
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The Reformation of the English Parish Church

In the sixteenth century, the people of England witnessed the physical transformation of their most valued buildings: their parish churches. This is the first ever full-scale investigation of the dramatic changes experienced by the English parish church during the English reformation. By drawing on a wealth of documentary evidence, including court records, wills and church wardens' accounts, and by examining the material remains themselves - such as screens, fonts, paintings, monuments, windows and other artefacts - found in churches today, Robert Whiting reveals how, why and by whom these ancient buildings were transformed. He explores the reasons why catholics revered the artefacts found in churches as well as why these objects became the subject of protestant suspicion and hatred in subsequent years. This richly illustrated account sheds new light on the acts of destruction as well as the acts of creation that accompanied religious change over the course of the 'long' reformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521762861
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/30/2010
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations ix

Introduction xiii

Part 1 Ritual Requirements 1

1 Defining the spaces: screens 3

2 Presenting the sacrifices: altars 21

3 Washing the sins: fonts 36

4 Serving the sacraments: plate 53

5 Adorning the rites: cloth 71

6 Providing the words: books 85

7 Preserving the treasures: receptacles 99

Part 2 Additional Components 117

8 Depicting the faith: paintings 119

9 Lighting the darkness: glass 135

10 Embodying the holy: images 149

11 Creating the music: organs and bells 167

12 Conveying the message: pulpits and seats 182

13 Raising the levels: galleries 199

14 Recalling the dead: memorials 211

Conclusion 229

Appendices 238

Notes 250

Bibliography and abbreviations 271

Index 284

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