By Eamon Duffy
ISBN-13: 9780300175028Within the fifty years among 1530 and 1580, England moved from being the most lavishly Catholic international locations in Europe to being a Protestant kingdom, a land of whitewashed church buildings and antipapal preaching. What was once the influence of this spiritual swap within the geographical region? and the way did kingdom humans consider concerning the progressive upheavals that reworked their psychological and fabric worlds lower than Henry VIII and his 3 children?
In this booklet a reformation historian takes us contained in the brain and center of Morebath, a distant and tiny sheep farming village at the southern fringe of Exmoor. the majority of Morebath's traditional documents have lengthy considering that vanished. yet from 1520 to 1574, via approximately the entire drama of the English Reformation, Morebath's purely priest, Sir Christopher Trychay, stored the parish debts on behalf of the churchwardens. Opinionated, eccentric, and talkative, Sir Christopher stuffed those brilliant scripts for parish conferences with the names and doings of his parishioners. via his eyes we trap a unprecedented glimpse of the existence and pre-Reformation piety of a sixteenth-century English village.
The ebook additionally deals a special window right into a rural global in quandary because the Reformation advanced. Sir Christopher Trychay's money owed supply direct facts of the factors which drove the hitherto law-abiding West-Country groups to take part within the doomed Prayer-Book uprising of 1549 culminating within the siege of Exeter that resulted in bloody defeat and a wave of executions. Its church bells confiscated and silenced, Morebath shared within the punishment imposed on all of the cities and villages of Devon and Cornwall. Sir Christopher records the alterations in the neighborhood, reluctantly Protestant and more and more preoccupied with the secular calls for of the Elizabethan kingdom, the equipping of armies, and the check of taxes. Morebath's priest, garrulous to the tip of his days, describes a rural global irrevocably altered and allows us to listen to the voices of his villagers after 400 years of silence.