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The Blind Devotion of the People : Popular Religion and the English Reformation - Robert Whiting

The Blind Devotion of the People

Popular Religion and the English Reformation

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Published: 16th December 1991
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The religious revolution known as the 'Reformation' must rank among the most crucial and transforming events in English history. Yet its original reception by the English people remains largely obscure. Did they welcome the innovations - or did they resist? By what internal motivations were their responses determined? And by what external influences were their attitudes shaped? These are the key issues explored by Robert Whiting in this major investigation, based primarily on original research in the south-west. Dr Whiting's controversial conclusion is that for most of the population the Reformation was less a conversion from Catholicism to Protestantism than a transition from religious commitment to religious passivity or even indifference.

'Not for a long time has such a wealth of evidence upon popular religion at the Reformation been collected, nor so meticulously organized ... No one interested in the Reformation should miss this scholarly and significant book.' Susan Brigden, The Times Higher Education Supplement '[The Blind Devotion of the People] delves down beyond the landed elite into the ranks of 'ordinary' people. It uses endowments and architecture, drama and writing, to brilliant effect ... Its thumbnail sketches are superb ... This is a rounded and convincing, and often moving, analysis of a society faced with the shattering of its traditions, deeply enjoyable to read. And it is a model of what could and should be done with that most fascinating and elusive of historical problems.' Jenny Wormald, The Glasgow Herald

List of illustrations
Preface
Notes
Introduction
Survey
Assessment
Dependent activities: sacraments, ceremonies and intercessions
Independent activities: prayers, images and cult objects
Inclusive institutions: parish churches, chapels and guilds
Exclusive institutions: papacy, religious orders and secular clergy
Summation of Part I
Explanation
Spiritual motivations: Lutheranism, Calvinism and other faiths
Non-spiritual motivations: politics, economics and other forces
Mediate influences: literature, drama and art
Immediate influences: example, action and oral communication
Summation of Part II
Perspective
Appendices
Bibliography and abbreviations
Index
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ISBN: 9780521424394
ISBN-10: 0521424399
Series: Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 16th December 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.47