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Beliefs and the Dead in Reformation England

Beliefs and the Dead in Reformation England
Author: Peter Marshall
ISBN 13: 9780199273720
ISBN 10: 199273723
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2004-09-09
Format: Paperback
Pages: 358
List Price: $73.00

This is the first comprehensive study of one of the most important aspects of the Reformation in England: its impact on the status of the dead. It explores attitudes towards the dead in pre-Reformation religious culture, and traces the uncertain progress of the 'reformation of the dead' attempted by Protestant authorities who sought to stamp out belief in purgatory and associated rituals. It also provides detailed surveys of Protestant perceptions of the afterlife, of the cultural meanings of the appearance of ghosts, and of the patterns of commemoration characteristic of post-Reformation England. Together these topics constitute an important case-study in the nature and tempo of the English Reformation as an agent of social and cultural change.