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

Yale University Press / 2005 / Paperback

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Eamon Duffy's Stripping of the Altars is a prize-winning account of the pre-Reformation church in England from 1400-1589. He recreates lay people's experience of religion in fifteenth-century England, and 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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 700
Vendor: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 0300108281
ISBN-13: 9780300108286
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Publisher's Description

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

Author Bio

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.

Endorsements

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

Editorial Reviews

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

“It has had huge influence in departments of literature and religious studies, as well as those of history. At the same time, it has reached a broad general public interested in the Roman Catholic inheritance in Britain. Its successes came not only from Duffy’s scholarship and style, but also from Yale’s nurturing, marketing and production values, and from the responses in such places as the TLS.”—Jonathan Bate, Times Literary Supplement

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