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Topic Nine: Reformation of the Parishes

a) Compare the impact of the Henrician and Edwardian Reformations on religious life in the parishes.

b) Account for the relative compliance of parish communities with the directives of central government.


  • E Duffy, The Stripping of the Altars, chs 11-14 – essential.
  • --------, The Voices of Morebath: Reformation & Rebellion in an English Village (2001) – fascinating case study.
  • R Rex, Henry VIII and the English Reformation, ch 3
  • R Hutton, 'The Local Impact of the Tudor Reformations' , in C Haigh ed., The English Reformation Revised and in P. Marshall ed., The Impact of the English Reformation (1997)
  • ----------, The Rise and Fall of Merry England, ch 3
  • R Whiting, 'Local Responses to the Henrician Reformation', in D MacCulloch ed., The Reign of Henry VIII (1995). Expanded version as Local Responses to the English Reformation.
  • -------------, '"Abominable Idols": Images and Image-breaking under Henry VIII', Journal of Ecclesiastical History, (1982)
  • ------------, The Blind Devotion of the People, chs 4, 5 (relevant sections)
  • ------------, '"For the health of my soul": prayers for the dead in the Tudor Southwest', Southern History (1983) and in P Marshall ed., The Impact of the English Reformation
  • P Marshall, 'The Rood of Boxley, the Blood of Hailes, and the Defence of the Henrician Church', Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 46 (1995) -on government propaganda against superstition.
  • ---------, 'Forgery and Miracles in the Reign of Henry VIII', Past and Present, 178 (2003) - develops the argument more fully. Also in Marshall, Religious Identities in the Reign of Henry VIII.
  • A Kreider, English Chantries: The Road to Dissolution, intro, chs 7, 8
  • P. Cunich, ‘The Dissolution of the Chantries’, in P Collinson and J Craig (eds), The Reformation in English Towns 1500-1640 (1998)
  • E H Shagan, Popular Politics and the English Reformation (2003), intro, chs. 7,8
  • -------------, ‘Confronting Compromise: the schism and its legacy’, in E. Shagan (ed), Catholics and the ‘Protestant Nation’ (2005)
  • C Haigh, English Reformations, ch 9-10
  • M Aston, England's Iconoclasts, pp 222-77
  • ----------, Faith and Fire: Popular and Unpopular Religion 1350-1600, ch 9; also in P Marshall ed., The Impact of the English Reformation (1997)
  • P Marshall, Beliefs and the Dead in Reformation England (2002), chs 2-3 – on chantries and prayer for the dead.
  • C Marsh, Popular Religion in Sixteenth-Century England (1998), ch. 5 (b)