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The Impact of the English Reformation 1500-1640 (Readers in History) Paperback – September 1, 2009


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  • Series: Readers in History
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340677090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340677094
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,731,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Meets the test of a good reader."—History
 
"A thoughtful and well-organized compendium of articles."—Sixteenth Century Journal

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Peter Marshall is at University of Warwick.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mithridates VI of Pontus VINE VOICE on November 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Impact of the English Reformation 1500-1640, edited by Peter Marshall, is a brilliant essay collection by some of the top historians of this field. Peter Marshall's introductions to the three sections of book (Origins, Implementation, Outcomes) briefs the reader on the positions of the authors, sometimes in contrast with each other and other times in agreement. The main 'schools of thought' are essential those that view the Reformation as primarily Political or religious, or a mix etc. Also, Marshall, in his introduction on the prevalent theories, ties in other books on the reformation, including Christopher Haigh (English Reformations) and Duffy (The Stripping of the Altars).

What I have always found so appealing about essay collections is the ability to see how different positions are argued and how others attack them by interpreting the data in another way or by finding a new source. For History is not a subject where once a historian expounds a conclusion it becomes set in stone, but rather, that conclusion becomes open to criticism and counter arguments. Students of history are not exposed enough (or at all) to this fierce debate between historians that becomes so apparent in this volume. The Preface and Introduction, by Marshall, also give ample historical background for easier comprehension.

The Essays:
Many of the essays (Dean Colet's convocation sermon and the pre-reformation Church of England, Mary, etc) deal with a specific person or a specific time frame. While some, (The Local Impact of the Tudor Reformations, Iconoclasm in England: official and clandestine, etc) are micro studies sometimes using only a specific type of document. Others, (Youth and the English Reformation, etc) look at a single aspect over a long period of time.
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