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Modern scholarship fused with modern secularism has allowed for a more clear lens. Duffy's exemplary efforts to shine a brighter light on just precisely what Tudor England was dealing with -- and how Mary Tudor and Reginald Pole truly were -- offers a great deal more insight in to the reign of Elizabeth and the primordial nation-state that Elizabeth helped to forge.
For those who have seen Showtime's "The Tudors" and are looking for the next chapter (without the sexualism) or for those looking for a good one-volume overview of the post Henry VIII period, this book is an indispensable introduction into a period little studied and hardly understood by all but the most fanatic of royalists or historians of the period.
According to Duffy, modern historians view Cardinal Pole as having an “aversion to the more adventurous aspects of the Counter-Reformation” and “that the established narratives of the reign would not look very different if Pole were to be edited out of them altogether. Claiming that these viewpoints are “profoundly mistaken,” Duffy states that Pole “was the single most influential figure in the Marian restoration: put briefly, he was in charge.” He warrants his view based on two of Pole's works: Pole's De Unitate (1536) which called for papal primacy and his St. Andrew's Day speech of 1554 where Pole issued the first call for Counter-Reformation in Europe. These endeavors ensured Pole's leadership of the English Counter-Reformation. Thus, Duffy argues, “Pole's voice had become the official voice of the Marian regime, both in print and private” and that “Mary took her lead from Pole.Read more ›
In this book, Eamon Duffy, Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge, argues that the management of the return to Catholicism was not ineptly handled. Instead, Professor Duffy puts forward a case that the process (largely driven by Reginald Pole, Cardinal and the last Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury) was well planned, and the arrangements put in place were both sensible and practical. Unfortunately, for Mary I's place in history, five years was not sufficient time to bed down these reforms and the pall cast by the burnings overshadows the fact that the Protestantism installed during Edward VI's reign was opportunistic, confused and destructive. The widely held view of Mary is also a consequence of the ultimate victory of Protestantism in England: history is written by the victors.
But looking beyond the fact of the Reformation to the possible causes of it (did the Roman Catholic Church need reforming, or did Henry VIII break with Rome simply to marry Anne Boleyn?) introduces some different possibilities for looking at Mary I's reign.Read more ›
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No amount of re-interpretation can make Mary Tudor into anything less than the mass murderer she was. The facts are simply NOT there. Read morePublished on July 18, 2010 by Stephen Hancock
I am 74 years old and a cradle Roman Catholic. Growing up in passionately Protestant Shreveport, I wept when I read in high school my first book about Queen Mary Tudor, her husband... Read morePublished on December 21, 2009 by T. Patrick Killough
I read Duffy's excellent book: The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580 and found it a feast of Reformation History that heretofore was untold and... Read morePublished on November 20, 2009 by JTK Out West
Eamon Duffy's "Fires of Faith: Catholic England Under Mary Tudor" is a very welcome addition to the ongoing reassessment of the English Reformation that he begain with his "The... Read morePublished on October 19, 2009 by D. Tillman
Its difficult to put into words the evil of this book. That evil starts with a title that is a thiny veiled allusion to burning human beings alive based on dissenting from the... Read morePublished on September 28, 2009 by Mark bennett