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    R. Whiting(Author)

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This major new study re-examines one of the most controversial issues of early modern history:the impact of the English Reformation upon the English people.It represents an advance from the conventional reign-by-reign narrative to a more incisively thematic approach.Drawing on the author's own research in church art as well as in written records such as wills and parish accounts, and evaluating the findings of other recent historians, it forcefully challenges several of the currently fashionable interpretations of this crucial era.

ROBERT WHITING is Principal Lecturer in History at the University College of Ripon and York St John.

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • R. Whiting(Author)
  • Palgrave; 1998 edition (20 May 1998)
  • English
  • 9
  • History

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  • By paul@manbwood.fsnet.co.uk on 10 November 2001

    This is a slim volume but an important one. The standard approach of revisionist historians is to make strong assertions supported by citing a number of individual examples. This style raises the questions of whether the examples chosen are fully representative and whether they pick up the trends in behaviour.Whiting's work outlines a series of indicators which enables assertions to be evaluated in a systematic manner. These range from bequests in wills to the change in style of church architecture and are drawn fron an impressive range of primary and secondary sources.Overwhelmingly they show a steady decline in many aspects of traditional religion well before they were ended by the official reformation. For example bequests to maonastries were in decline well ahead of dissolution as was the income of major shrines. Most telling is the decline in bequests for intercession which lay at the heart of late medieval religion long before the 1552 Prayer Book.The main drawback of the work is a writing style which is sparse in the extreme. Too frequently Whiting simply assumes that the data speaks for itself, when it does not. Ancedotal examples do at least add colour! Finally a one side conclusion just does not do justice to the quality of the work.Difficult to score but as an essential to more general works, four stars.


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