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Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History : Patterns of Piety: Women, Gender and Religion in Late Medieval and Reformation England - Christine Peters

Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History

Patterns of Piety: Women, Gender and Religion in Late Medieval and Reformation England


Published: 1st May 2003
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This book offers a new interpretation of the transition from Catholicism to Protestantism in the English Reformation, and explores its implications for an understanding of women and gender. Central to this is an appreciation of the significance of medieval Christo-centric piety in offering a bridge to the Reformation, and in shaping the nature of Protestantism in the period up to the Civil War. Not only does this explain much of the support for Protestantism, but it also suggests the need to question assumptions that the 'loss' of the Virgin Mary and the saints was detrimental to women. Patterns of piety are crucial in two senses: devotional trends intersected with the ideas expressed in the lives of godly exemplars. The strength of the idea of the godly woman ensured that the outcome would shape the contemporary understanding of gender.

"...this book will be of value to libraries supporting graduate level coursework in religiuous or social history." Catholic Library World "Christine Peters' contribution is a very significant one...It will be required reading for anyone with a serious interest in late medieval religion, Protestantism, and the effects of the Reformation on the piety of men and women, and on perceptions of gender." American Historical Review "This important contribution to the history of the Reformation and its impact on women and gender relations will undoubtedly stimulate much further research." Anglican and Episcopal History, Martha Skeeters, Norman, Oklahoma "This book is beautifully produced with many illustrations and a full bibliography as well as notes. It deserves to be widely read." Renaissance Quarterly

Part I
Religious roles
Religious choices
The Virgin Mary and Christo-centric devotion
The saints
Eve and the responsibility for sin
Part II
Responses to Reformation change
Parish religion in the Reformation
The godly woman
The Virgin Mary and the saints
The return to the Old Testament
Adam's fall
Godly marriage
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ISBN: 9780521580625
ISBN-10: 0521580625
Series: Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 410
Published: 1st May 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.72