The Stripping of the Altars

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The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580, Second Edition

Eamon Duffy

2ndPublisher: Yale University PressFormat: Paperback

This prize-winning account of the pre-Reformation church recreates lay people's experience of religion in fifteenth-century England. Eamon Duffy shows that late medieval Catholicism was neither decadent nor decayed, but was a strong and vigorous tradition, and that the Reformation represented a violent rupture from a popular and theologically respectable religious system. For this edition, Duffy has written a new Preface reflecting on recent developments in our understanding of the period.From reviews of the first edition:"A magnificent scholarly achievement and] a compelling read."—Patricia Morrison, “Financial Times”"Deeply imaginative, movingly written, and splendidly illustrated. . . . Duffy's analysis . . . carries conviction."—Maurice Keen, “New York Review of Books”“This book will afford enjoyment and enlightenment to layman and specialist alike.”—Peter Heath, “Times Literary Supplement”" An] astonishing and magnificent piece of work."—Edward T. Oakes, “Commonweal”

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