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

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Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580
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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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9780300108286
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Paperback
Publication Date: 
May 10, 2005