England's Long Reformation, 1500-1800

England's Long Reformation, 1500-1800

England's Long Reformation, 1500-1800

England's Long Reformation, 1500-1800

Synopsis

In this volume, a highly distinguished team of scholars seeks to advance beyond current debates concerning the English Reformation, by putting the religious changes of the 16th century in a much longer perspective than has been traditional.

Excerpt

This is the second volume in the Neale Colloquium series, which honours the memory of Sir John Neale—the Astor Professor of English History at University College London from 1927 to 1956. It largely comprises the papers discussed at the Colloquium in January 1996. the Neale lecturer on this occasion was Dr Eamon Duffy of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and author of the justly acclaimed The stripping of the altars: traditional religion in England 1400-1580 (1992). Having chosen the ‘Long’ English Reformation as our theme, we were both amused and encouraged to discover that several other historians claimed independently to have invented the concept. Some 140 participants attended the Colloquium, and most seemed to find consideration of the Reformation over three centuries a stimulating challenge. We are grateful to Jonathan Cape for its continued support of the Neale lecture, and to the British Academy, the Graduate School of University College London and the Royal Historical Society for financial assistance.

Nicholas Tyacke
University College London
February 1997 . . .

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