The archaeology of Reformation, 1480-1580 /
edited by David Gaimster and Roberta Gilchrist.
Leeds, UK : Maney Pub., c2003.
vii, 486 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
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Leeds, UK : Maney Pub., c2003.
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"Papers given at the Archaeology of Reformation Conference, February 2001, hosted jointly by Society for Medieval Archaeology [and] Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology."
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Long Description
Traditionally the Reformation has been viewed as responsible for the rupture of the medieval order and the foundation of modern society. Recently historians have challenged the stereotypical model of cataclysm, and demonstrated that the religion of Tudor England was full of both continuities and adaptations of traditional liturgy, ritual and devotional practice. Monastic ruins and defaced shrines represent the material legacy of Dissolution and iconoclasm, but can archaeology contribute more to our knowledge of cultural change than simply a record of destruction? Can archaeology reveal the diversity of popular responses to the Reformation? In contrast to the written record, archaeology has the potential to tell us more about attitudes to the new liturgy on the ground, both within the elite and amongst the wider population. This volume contains contributions given at the Archaeology of Reformation conference, which was hosted jointly by the Societies for Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology. Papers are spread across five themes: public worship and iconoclasm, private devotion and material culture, Dissolution landscapes and secular power, corporate charity and Reformation, and burial and commemoration. The essays discuss the extent to which the study of buildings, graveyards, funerary monuments and domestic artefacts can enhance our understanding of the religious, social and cultural changes generated by the Reformation. Case-studies from Scandinavia and western Europe provide an international perspective to the study of the British experience.
Main Description
It is quite possible that the Reformation had far less impact on the personal religious beliefs and superstitions of the English people than has been thought. This collection of thirty essays, from the Archaeology of Reformation Conference held in the British Museum in 2001, is based on the premise that archaeology can provide the most reliable insights into how the Reformation affected daily life in England and, to a lesser degree, in north-western Europe. The most obvious impact that the Reformation had was its creation of spaces where churches and monasteries once stood. Another dominant theme of the book is 'what happened to Catholic things in a Protestant world?' Post-Reformation attitudes can be found in new trends in church fixtures and fittings, in iconography, in the architecture of new churches, in the reuse and secularisation of monastic buildings and religious paraphernalia, in the development of corporate parishes and guilds and in the burial and commemoration of the dead. Many of the papers are well-illustrated with relatively few notes.
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"Traditionally, the Reformation has been viewed as responsible for the rupture of the medieval order and the foundation of modern society. Recently, historians have challenged the stereotypical model of cataclysm, and have demonstrated that the religion of"
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Public Worship and Iconoclasm
Public Worship and Iconoclasmp. 9
Iconoclasm and Adaptation: The Reformation of the Churches in Scotland and the Netherlandsp. 29
The Catholic Reformation and the Parish: The Church of Saint Thegonnec (Finistere, France) 1550-1700p. 44
Fixtures or Fittings? Can Surviving Pre-Reformation Ecclesiastical Material Culture be Used as a Barometer of Contemporary Attitudes to the Reformation in England?p. 58
The Reformation and Unfinished Churches in Finlandp. 73
Reformation of What? Whose and Which Reformation is Exposed in Danish Wall-Paintings?p. 84
The Wall-Paintings of Sulsted Church, Denmark: Between the Middle Ages and the Reformation?p. 94
Private Devotion and Material Culture
Reformation and Transformation: What Happened to Catholic Things in a Protestant World?p. 108
Pots, Prints and Protestantism: Changing Mentalities in the Urban Domestic Sphere, c. 1480-1580p. 122
The Archaeology of Vice-Regality: Charles Brandon's Brief Rule in Lincolnshirep. 145
Nicholas Poyntz and Acton Court: A Reformer's Architecturep. 159
From Popular Devotion to Resistance and Revival in England: The Cult of the Holy Name of Jesus and the Reformationp. 175
Public Worship, Private Devotion: The Crypto-Jews of Reformation Englandp. 204
Dissolution Landscapes and Secular Power
Recycling the Monastic Fabric: Beyond the Act of Dissolutionp. 221
Monastic Architecture: Destruction and Reconstructionp. 235
Northern Ireland: The Afterlife of Monastic Buildingsp. 252
Dissolution or Reformation? A Case Study from Chester's Urban Landscapep. 267
The Conversion of Former Monastic Buildings to Secular Use: The Case of Coventryp. 280
Tenements in London's Monasteries c. 1450-1540p. 290
The Houses of Henry VIII's Courtiers in Londonp. 299
Some Aspects of the Reformation of Religious Space in London, 1540-1660p. 310
Corporate Charity and Reformation
Reforming Corporate Charity: Guilds and Fraternities in Pre- and Post- Reformation Yorkp. 325
Deconstructing a Symbolic World: The Reformation and the English Medieval Parish Chantryp. 341
John Carpenter's Library: Corporate Charity and London's Guildhallp. 356
The London Merchant Taylorsp. 371
Burial and Commemoration
Choices and Changes: Death, Burial and the English Reformationp. 386
'Dust to Dust': Revealing the Reformation Deadp. 399
A Protestant Habitus: 16th-Century Danish Graveslabs as an Expression of Changes in Beliefp. 415
A Reformation of Meaning: Commemoration and Remembering the Dead in the Parish Church, 1450-1640p. 437
Tombs of Brass are Spent: Reformation Reuse of Monumental Brassesp. 450
Indexp. 469
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