The Catholic Priesthood and the English Reformation

The Catholic Priesthood and the English Reformation

by Peter Marshall

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Overview

The religious changes of Henry VIII and Edward VI had a profound effect upon the clergy of the English church, raising questions as to its status, jurisdiction, and proper place in the divine scheme of salvation. This is the first full examination of the cumulative impact of these changes upon the relationship between priests in the parishes and the lay men and women who depended upon them for spiritual nourishment and religious instruction, and who frequently found them wanting in these and other respects. It provides a perceptive exploration of the role of the Catholic priesthood in the church and in the life of the community. Using a wide range of contemporary sources, Marshall demonstrates how the practical consequences of the Reformation undermined the fragile modus vivendi that had sustained the late medieval system.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198204480
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/28/1994
Series: Oxford Historical Monographs
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.69(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.92(d)

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