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  Book Title:
Altars Restored: The Changing Face of English Religious Worship, 1547-c.1700

Book Description:

Altars are highly effective symbols, fraught with which means, however through the early trendy interval they turned a spiritual battleground. Attacked by reformers within the mid-sixteenth century as a result of of their allegedly idolatrous associations with the Catholic sacrifice of the mass, 100 years later they served to divide Protestants as a result of their re-introduction by Archbishop Laud and his associates as half of a counter-reforming program. Furthermore, having subsequently been eliminated by the victorious puritans, they progressively got here again after the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. This book explores these developments, over a one hundred fifty yr interval, and recaptures the expertise of the abnormal parishioner on this essential interval of spiritual change. Removed from being the passive recipients of modifications imposed from above, the laity are revealed as actively engaged from the early days of the Reformation, as zealous iconoclasts or their Catholic opponents -- a division later translated into competing protestant views. Altars Restored integrates the worlds of theological debate, church politics and authorities, and parish follow and perception, which are sometimes studied in isolation from each other. It attracts from hitherto largely untapped sources, notably the surviving artefactual proof comprising communion tables and rails, fonts, pictures in stained glass, work and plates, and examines the riches of native parish data -- particularly churchwardens' accounts. The result's a richly textured research of spiritual change at each native and nationwide degree.




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