This prize-winning account of the pre-Reformation church recreates lay people's experience of religion in fifteenth-century England. Eamon Duffy shows that late medieval Catholicism was neither decadent nor decayed, but was a strong and vigorous tradition, and that the Reformation represented a violent rupture from a popular and theologically respectable religious system. For this edition, Duffy has written a new Preface reflecting on recent developments in our understanding of the period.From reviews of the first edition:"A magnificent scholarly achievement [and] a compelling read."-Patricia Morrison,Financial Times"Deeply imaginative, movingly written, and splendidly illustrated. . . . Duffy's analysis . . . carries conviction."-Maurice Keen,New York Review of Books"This book will afford enjoyment and enlightenment to layman and specialist alike."-Peter Heath,Times Literary Supplement"[An] astonishing and magnificent piece of work."-Edward T. Oakes,Commonweal
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