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Topic One: Parishes, Priests and People

a) How active a role did the laity play in the affairs of the pre-Reformation parish?

b) What evidence is there of widespread lay resentment of the clergy in the decades before the break with Rome?

[marked items relate particularly to one or other of the questions for discussion]

  • C Harper-Bill, The Pre-Reformation Church in England, ch. 7 - a good general intro.

    --------------, ‘John Colet’s Convocation Sermon and the Pre-Reformation Church in England’, History (1988) and in P Marshall (ed) The Impact of the English Reformation (b)

    P Marshall, Reformation England 1480-1642 (2003), ch. 1 – broad overview

    A Ryrie, The Age of Reformation (2009), ch. 1 – ditto

    F Heal, Reformation in Britain and Ireland (2003), chs 2 (ii), 3 (i)

    C Haigh, English Reformations, chs. 1-2 (a,b)

    --------, ‘Anticlericalism and the English Reformation’, in Haigh (ed) The English Reformation Revised, and in History (1983) (b)

    AG Dickens, ‘The Shape of Anticlericalism and the English Reformation’ in Dickens, Late Monasticism and the Reformation, and in E I Kouri and T Scott (eds) Politics and Society in Reformation Europe (b). Summarized version in Dickens, The English Reformation (2nd ed), ch 13

    JJ Scarisbrick, The Reformation and the English People, chs 1-2 (a)

    E Duffy, The Stripping of the Altars, ch 4 (a) [new edition 2005]

    --------, The Voices of Morebath: Reformation & Rebellion in an English Village

    (2001), chs. 1-4

    JAF Thomson, The Early Tudor Church and Society, ch 9 (a)

    R Hutton, The Rise and Fall of Merry England, chs. 1-2 (a)

    P Marshall, The Catholic Priesthood and the English Reformation, esp. ch 8 (b)

    R Whiting, The Blind Devotion of the People: Popular Religion and the English

    Reformation, ch 5 (a)

    G Rosser, ‘Communities of Parish and Guild in the late Middle Ages’ in S Wright

    (ed) Parish, Church and People (a)

    ---------, ‘Parochial Conformity and Voluntary Religion in late Medieval England’,

      Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (1991) (a)

    CM Barron, ‘The Parish Fraternities of Medieval London’, in Barron and C Harper-

    Bill (eds) The Church in Pre-Reformation Society (a)

    B Hanawalt, ‘Keepers of the Light: Late Medieval English Parish Guilds’,

    Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (1984) (a)

    S. Brigden, London and the Reformation, pp. 43-81 (b)

    B Kümin, The Shaping of a Community: the Rise and Reformation of the English

    Parish, esp chs 2-4 (a)

    A Brown, Popular Piety in Late Medieval England, esp. chs 3-6

    V Bainbridge, Gilds in the Medieval Countryside, esp. ch 3 (a)

    M James, ‘Ritual, Drama and the Social Body in the Late Medieval English Town’, Past and Present, 98 (1983) (a)