The Stripping of the Altars

The Stripping of the Altars Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580

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Publisher's Synopsis

This prize-winning account of the pre-Reformation church recreates lay people's experience of religion, showing that late-medieval Catholicism was neither decadent nor decayed, but a strong and vigorous tradition. For this edition, Duffy has written a new introduction reflecting on recent developments in our understanding of the period.

"A mighty and momentous book: a book to be read and re-read, pondered and revered; a subtle, profound book written with passion and eloquence, and with masterly control."-J. J. Scarisbrick, The Tablet

"Revisionist history at its most imaginative and exciting. . . . [An] astonishing and magnificent piece of work."-Edward T. Oakes, Commonweal

"A magnificent scholarly achievement, a compelling read, and not a page too long to defend a thesis which will provoke passionate debate."-Patricia Morison, Financial Times

"Deeply imaginative, movingly written, and splendidly illustrated."-Maurice Keen, New York Review of Books

Winner of the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award

Book information

ISBN: 9780300254419
Publisher: Yale University Press
Imprint: Yale University Press
Pub date:
Edition: New edition
DEWEY: 274.205
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 831
Number of pages: lix, 660 , 64 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 289g
Height: 137mm
Width: 217mm
Spine width: 51mm