The Stripping of the Altars

The Stripping of the Altars

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Recreating lay people’s experience of the religion of the pre-Reformation church, this text argues that late-medieval Catholicism was neither decadent nor decayed, but was a strong & vigorous tradition, & that the Reformation represented a violent rupture from a popular & thoroughly respectable religious system.

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This prize-winning account of the pre-Reformation church recreates lay people's experience of religion, showing that late-medieval Catholicism was neither decadent nor decayed, but a strong and vigorous tradition. For this edition, Duffy has written a new introduction reflecting on recent developments in our understanding of the period.

"A mighty and momentous book: a book to be read and re-read, pondered and revered; a subtle, profound book written with passion and eloquence, and with masterly control."-J. J. Scarisbrick, The Tablet

"Revisionist history at its most imaginative and exciting. . . . [An] astonishing and magnificent piece of work."-Edward T. Oakes, Commonweal

"A magnificent scholarly achievement, a compelling read, and not a page too long to defend a thesis which will provoke passionate debate."-Patricia Morison, Financial Times

"Deeply imaginative, movingly written, and splendidly illustrated."-Maurice Keen, New York Review of Books

Winner of the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award

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Dimensions21.6 × 14 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

720

Language

English

Edition

New Edition

Dewey

274.205 (edition:23)

Readership

Professional and scholarly / Code: H