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Lollardy and Orthodox Religion in Pre-Reformation England: Reconstructing Piety (Royal Historical Society Studies in History New Series)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780861932832
  • Publisher: Royal Historical Society
  • Release Date: Aug 17, 2006
  • Pages: 252 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.63 x 9.21 x 6.14 inches


Here is a richly detailed account of the relationship between Lollard heresy and orthodox religion before the English Reformation. Robert Lutton examines the pious practices and dispositions of families and individuals in relation to the orthodox institutions of parish, chapel and guild, and the beliefs and activities of Wycliffite heretics. He takes issue with portrayals of orthodox religion as buoyant and harmonious, and demonstrates that late medieval piety was increasingly diverse and the parish community far from stable or unified. By investigating the generation of family wealth and changing attitudes to its disposal through inheritance and pious giving in the important Lollard center of Tenterden in Kent, he suggests that rapid economic development and social change created the conditions for a significant cultural shift. This study contends that in certain parts of England by the early sixteenth century piety was subject to dramatic changes which, in a number of important ways, anticipated the Reformation.

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