This is a lively and accessible study of English religious life during the century of the Reformation. It draws together a wide range of recent research, and makes extensive use of colourful contemporary evidence. The author explores the involvement of ordinary people within, alongside and beyond the church, covering topics such as liturgical practice, church office, relations with the clergy, festivity, religious fellowships, cheap print, "magical" religion, and dissent. The result is a distinctive interpretation of the Reformation as it was experienced by English people, and the strength, resourcefulness and flexibility of their religion emerges as an important theme.
Christopher Marsh is Lecturer in History at the Queen's University of Belfast.
“Scholars and students of English Reformation history will find this book a useful resource for the issues and theories of the recent historiography concerning popular religion.” —Sixteenth Century Journal
“The book is written in an energetic, often humourous style, further enlivened by the author's often sharp critiques of recent scholarly views of the subject.” —Church History
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