The Reformation Experience: Living Through the Turbulent 16th Century

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Lion Books, 2012 - Religion - 320 pages
"The Reformation was one of the most cataclysmic events in European history, which still has a powerful influence on events today. But what was it really like to live through the Reformation in England? How did people cope when some of their dearest beliefs were challenged, then reaffirmed, only to be challenged again? What happened to individuals and communities, as conflicting beliefs and loyalties drove them apart? In this fascinating study, Professor Ives shows the impact the Reformation had on individual Christians and what it meant to their lives. To what extent did people believe in the first place, and how much did they accept the new teaching? How did it change their behaviour, and their perspectives on both life and death? Reflecting the most recent scholarship and controversy, this book provides an important and gripping insight into ordinary people's thoughts and lives, and contrasts with the usual emphasis on the great figures of the Reformation"--Page 4 of cover.
 

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Contents

The Reformation in England
12
ENGLAND BEEORE TllE REEORMATION 1 Locating the Reformation
14
The English at Church 1500
21
Observance 27
29
Criticism 34
35
Challenges 42
43
PreReformation Spirituality 54
56
ACROSS THE CHANNEL
60
Henry VIII and the Reformation 137
143
Bare Ruined Choirs 153
152
Change in the Parishes 158
159
Conflicting Narratives 163
176
Reform Unleashed 180
182
Reform on the Ground 189
188
Anticipating the Council 200
202
Catholic Priorities 212
210

Printers and Scholars 67
71
European Anxieties
74
The Challenge to Authority 82
83
Magnificent Religious Anarchy 90
91
The Wider Context 103
105
Spain Italy and France 111
118
Before the Storm
122
The First Decade 128
130
Protestant Dissidents 221
220
Change Once More 234
235
Parish Responses 242
243
Revival Divided
255
Established Religion 265
264
Retrospect and Prospect 274
275
N oter 282
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Professor Eric Ives taught History at Birmingham University and is author of the highly acclaimed biography, 'The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn'.

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