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Beliefs and the Dead in Reformation England$
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Peter Marshall

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207733

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207733.001.0001

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The Regulation of the Dead: Ritual and Reform in the English Church, c.1560–1630

The Regulation of the Dead: Ritual and Reform in the English Church, c.1560–1630

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Beliefs and the Dead in Reformation England


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This chapter traces the long campaign on the part of Elizabethan and Jacobean bishops, theologians, and ordinary clergy to eradicate from the nation all traces of purgatory and intercessory prayer, such as bell-ringing in churches at Halloween. It looks at the provision of new rules and ceremonies, and the attempt to provide a new framework for the liturgical and ritual commemoration of the dead. Puritan objections to alleged remnants of intercessory prayer in the official liturgy are discussed, as are concerns and anxieties around funeral sermons and the provision of doles to the poor at funerals, the continuing practice of iconoclasm against tombs, and official attempts to inhibit it. The chapter also discusses a resurgence of interest in praying for the dead in Laudian circles in the early 17th century.

Keywords:   Elizabethan, Jacobean, purgatory, intercessory prayer, bell-ringing, Halloween, liturgical, ritual, Puritan, funeral sermons

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