Item description for Popular Religion in Sixteenth-Century England: Holding their Peace (Social History in Perspective) by Christopher Marsh...
Overview A lively and accessible study of English religious life during the century of the Reformation. The author explores the involvement of ordinary people within, alongside, and beyond the church. The result is a distinctive interpretation of the Reformation as it was experienced by the English people.
Publishers Description 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.
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Studio: Palgrave Macmillan
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.45" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.62" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Aug 15, 1998
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 0312210949 ISBN13 9780312210946
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More About Christopher Marsh
Christopher Marsh is Lecturer in History at the Queen's University of Belfast.
Christopher Marsh was born in 1964.
Christopher Marsh has published or released items in the following series...
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Not bad, but a bit thin Oct 21, 2003
* Central question: If the late medieval church was effective and largely popular among laity, why and how did they acquiesce in the fact of Protestantism (198)? * Attempts to bridge the historiographic gap between Eamon Duffy's perfectly content Catholic laity in the 1520s and Patrick Collinson's militantly Protestant Puritans in the 1580s-how did this happen? (Main problem with the pro-Catholicism literature is that it cannot explain the ultimate success of Protestantism in late sixteenth century.)
Argument(s): * It was the continuities in transition that allowed laity to make transition without a major problem-especially liturgical continuities. * The communal nature of the Reformation was key (following Blickle): people generally did what their community did and what their priests did (203). * Says (contra Duffy and Scarsbrick) that Protestantism actually did have quite a bit of lay appeal: the Reformation was "unwanted but not wholly unwelcomed." * Conversely, however, Protestantism was not immediately understood or adhered to; laity tended to just add all the elements together-had a mix of Protestantism and Catholicism and saw no dissonance * The laity were always a bit vague about what they believed-as true in 1500 as in 1600. * Ultimately, the Reformation succeeded because it was mostly gentle (although radical elements did exist): "The church of England was to be a nursery in which the masses were gently weaned, not roughly snatched, from popery."
Methodology: * Focus is on laity and popular religion (but doesn't want to make too sharp of a distinction) * Looks at thoughts and practices of three groups: 1) those inside the church; 2) those alongside of the church; 3) those outside the church * Charts a middle path between the extremes of interpretation: on one side is A.G. Dickens, who is blatantly pro-Protestant; on the other side is Duffy, J.J. Scarsbrick, Whiting, and Haigh; says both sides have merit, but Marsh's nonconfessional alignment allows him to take the best of both sides * Openly charts historiography and often references himself within the historiography
Evaluation: * Definitely a well-balanced and informed study-seems more willing to take into account all the different factors * Very helpful historiographic description and awareness * Just seems a bit thin and parasitic; not really breaking any new ground with sources, etc., but merely choosing a new route vis-à-vis the other main scholars in the field