The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an by Eamon Duffy

By Eamon Duffy

Within the fifty years among 1530 and 1580, England moved from being probably the most lavishly Catholic nations in Europe to being a Protestant state, a land of whitewashed church buildings and antipapal preaching. What used to be the impression of this non secular switch within the nation-state? and the way did state humans consider in regards to the progressive upheavals that reworked their psychological and fabric worlds below Henry VIII and his 3 children?

In this publication a reformation historian takes us contained in the brain and middle of Morebath, a distant and tiny sheep farming village at the southern fringe of Exmoor. the majority of Morebath's traditional files have lengthy in view that vanished. yet from 1520 to 1574, via approximately all of the drama of the English Reformation, Morebath's merely priest, Sir Christopher Trychay, saved the parish debts on behalf of the churchwardens. Opinionated, eccentric, and talkative, Sir Christopher crammed those bright scripts for parish conferences with the names and doings of his parishioners. via his eyes we seize a unprecedented glimpse of the existence and pre-Reformation piety of a sixteenth-century English village.

The publication additionally deals a special window right into a rural international in quandary because the Reformation improved. Sir Christopher Trychay's bills offer direct facts of the reasons which drove the hitherto law-abiding West-Country groups to take part within the doomed Prayer-Book uprising of 1549 culminating within the siege of Exeter that resulted in bloody defeat and a wave of executions. Its church bells confiscated and silenced, Morebath shared within the punishment imposed on all of the cities and villages of Devon and Cornwall. Sir Christopher files the alterations locally, reluctantly Protestant and more and more preoccupied with the secular calls for of the Elizabethan country, the equipping of armies, and the money of taxes. Morebath's priest, garrulous to the top of his days, describes a rural international irrevocably altered and allows us to listen to the voices of his villagers after 400 years of silence.

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