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The English Reformation and the Laity

Caroline Litzenberger
The English Reformation and the Laity

The English Reformation and the Laity

Caroline Litzenberger

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This book examines the effects of the English Reformation on the full spectrum of lay religion from 1540 to 1580 through an investigation of individuals and parishes in Gloucestershire. Rather than focusing on either the acceptance of Protestantism or the demise of the traditional Catholic religion, as other historians have done, it considers all shades of belief against the backdrop of shifting official religious policy. The result is the story of responses ranging from stiff resistance to eager acceptance, creating a picture of the religion of the laity which is diverse and complex, but also layered as parishes and individuals expressed their faith in ways which reflected the institutional or personal nature of their piety. Finally, while the book focuses on Gloucestershire, it reveals broad patterns of beliefs and practices which could probably be found all over England.

- Publisher This book tells the story of the English Reformation from the viewpoint of ordinary people and their parishes. It discusses official policy and policymakers, as well as local bishops and priests, but the emphasis is on the laity in all its diversity, not just Catholic or Protestant. The book shows that while some individuals and parishes may have welcomed the new religion, people generally resisted change and then gradually created their own idiosyncratic sets of beliefs and practices.

- Publisher "...a meticulous study that centers on a quantitatively sophisticated sampling of Gloucestershire wills from the period. Litzenberger has made a substantial contribution to the history of the English Reformation by demonstrating the status of lay belief in Gloucestershire through the second decade of Elizabeth's reign. Her book is also valuable as a model of what can be done in a local study and how polarized debate can be moderated. It invites other scholars to follow suit." Martha C. Skeeters, American Historical Review

- Publisher

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This book examines the effects of the English Reformation on the full spectrum of lay religion from 1540 to 1580 through an investigation of individuals and parishes in Gloucestershire. Rather than focusing on either the acceptance of Protestantism or the demise of the traditional Catholic religion, as other historians have done, it considers all shades of belief against the backdrop of shifting official religious policy. The result is the story of responses ranging from stiff resistance to eager acceptance, creating a picture of the religion of the laity which is diverse and complex, but also layered as parishes and individuals expressed their faith in ways which reflected the institutional or personal nature of their piety. Finally, while the book focuses on Gloucestershire, it reveals broad patterns of beliefs and practices which could probably be found all over England.
- Publisher

This book tells the story of the English Reformation from the viewpoint of ordinary people and their parishes. It discusses official policy and policymakers, as well as local bishops and priests, but the emphasis is on the laity in all its diversity, not just Catholic or Protestant. The book shows that while some individuals and parishes may have welcomed the new religion, people generally resisted change and then gradually created their own idiosyncratic sets of beliefs and practices.
- Publisher

"...a meticulous study that centers on a quantitatively sophisticated sampling of Gloucestershire wills from the period. Litzenberger has made a substantial contribution to the history of the English Reformation by demonstrating the status of lay belief in Gloucestershire through the second decade of Elizabeth's reign. Her book is also valuable as a model of what can be done in a local study and how polarized debate can be moderated. It invites other scholars to follow suit." Martha C. Skeeters, American Historical Review
- Publisher

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction; 1. Setting The Scene; 2. Gloucestershire In The 1530s; 3. The New Diocese Of Gloucester (1540-46); 4. The Advent Of Edwardian Protestantism (1547-53); 5. A Return To The Old Religion (1553-58); 6. The Early Years Of Elizabeth's Reign (1559-69); 7. The Clarification Of The Religious Settlement (1570-80); 8. Conclusion; Appendices.

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  • Catalogue Code 183771
  • Product Code 0521520215
  • EAN 9780521520218
  • Pages 244
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date May 2002
  • Dimensions 229 x 152 x 14 mm
  • Weight 0.360kg

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