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The Stripping of the Altars

Traditional Religion in England,1400-1580

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Published
11/03/2005

Publisher writes

This profoundly influential book re-examines events leading up to the Reformation in England and illuminates our understanding of the period. A prize-winning account, it recreates lay people's experience of the religion of the pre-Reformation church showing 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 substantial new introduction, including a discussion of the Lollards and reflecting on recent developments in Reformation studies.

Author Information

Eamon Duffy

Eamon Duffy is Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge and President of Magdalene College. He is the author of Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes and The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village, both available in paperback from Yale University Press.

Judges' and contributors' comments

Cally Hammond: Written with both heart and head, this book laments the spiritual vandalism of the Reformation and lovingly records practices of faith in an era supposedly free of dispute over the truths of faith.

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