The Stripping of the Altars

The Stripping of the Altars

Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580

Eamon Duffy

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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

Additional Information
Isbn / Product Code 9780300108286
Dimensions 23.5 x 15.5 cm
Printed Pages 680
Format Paperback
Year Of Publication 2005
Publisher Yale University Press
Author Eamon Duffy
Product Code 9780300108286
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