Puritan Iconoclasm During the English Civil War
This work offers a detailed analysis of Puritan iconoclasm in England during the 1640s, looking at the reasons for the resurgence of image-breaking a hundred years after the break with Rome, and the extent of the phenomenon. Initially a reaction to the emphasis on ceremony and the 'beauty of holiness' under Archbishop Laud, the attack on 'innovations', such as communion rails, images and stained glass windows, developed into a major campaign driven forwardby the Long Parliament as part of its religious reformation. Increasingly radical legislation targeted not just 'new popery', but pre-Reformation survivals and a wide range of objects (including some which had been acceptable tothe Elizabethan and Jacobean Church). The book makes a detailed survey of parliament's legislation against images, considering the question of how and how far this legislation was enforced generally, with specific case studies looking at the impact of the iconoclastic reformation in London, in the cathedrals and at the universities. Parallel to this official movement was an unofficial one undertaken by Parliamentary soldiers, whose violent destructivenessbecame notorious. The significance of this spontaneous action and the importance of the anti-Catholic and anti-Episcopal feelings that it represented are also examined.
Shortlisted for Historians of British Art Book Prize for2003
Dr JULIE SPRAGGON is at the Institute for Historical Research, University of London.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Attitudes to Images from the Reformation to the Meeting of the
the Literature of Iconoclasm
the Long Parliament and
The Enforcement of Iconoclastic Legislation in the Localities
The Response in London
The Reformation of the Cathedrals
according accounts action altar appears argued attack attempt August authorities bishops Cambridge Canterbury carried cathedral century chancel chapel chapter Christ church churchwardens City College command Committee Commons communion table concerning contained cross crucifixes December defaced demolished described destruction Dowsing early east Elizabethan enforcement England English entries evidence font further given glass godly Harley History Holy House Ibid iconoclasm idolatry images included innovations instance involved issue January John Journal June king late later Laudian legislation letter London Lords March ministers monuments noted objects official organ Oxford painted parish parliament parliamentary persons petition Protestant Puritan radical rails recent records reformation Religion religious remained removed repair response restored royal saints seen September soldiers St Mary suggests superstitious taken taking things Thomas Trinity University vestry minutes Vicars visitation Westminster whilst worship York