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The Rise and Fall of Merry EnglandThe Ritual Year 1400–1700$
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Ronald Hutton

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203636

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203636.001.0001

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Reformation of Religion

Reformation of Religion

(p.69) 3 Reformation of Religion
The Rise and Fall of Merry England

Ronald Hutton

Oxford University Press

This chapter states that the English Reformation was one of the most exciting fields of historiography during the 1970s and 1980s, both in terms of the quantity of new research and in the controversies. It consisted mainly of local studies, each concerned with a particular city, country, or region. For the purposes of this book, the utility of each is limited by geographical scope, the period covered, or the balance of interests. The main source for studying the impact of the Reformation at the parish level consists of churchwardens' accounts, supported by information from visitation returns, corporation records, sermons, official correspondence, and literary sources. Most of the sets of accounts that exist now are incomplete, with various years being unrepresented or damaged beyond legibility, or else including just annual totals of income and expenditure.

Keywords:   historiography, geographical scope, churchwarden, visitation returns, literary, accounts

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