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Reformation in Britain and Ireland

Felicity Heal


The book integrates analysis of religious change during the sixteenth century in the four countries (three kingdoms) of the British Isles. Interaction between these realms is essential to understanding the history of religious reform within each territory. The pre-Reformation Catholic Church is discussed, as is popular religious belief and behaviour. The Reformation is considered as a political change, involving the choices of monarchs and their political elites. In England and Scotland, these elites drove forward reform and ensured its success. They were also urged on by a clerical minority i ... More

Keywords: Bible, British Isles, church, clergy, doctrine, evangelization, laity, political elites, Protestantism, reformation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198269243
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005 DOI:10.1093/0198269242.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Felicity Heal, author
Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Jesus College
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