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Beliefs and the Dead in Reformation England
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Beliefs and the Dead in Reformation England

Peter Marshall

Abstract

One of the most important aspects of the Reformation in England was its impact on the status of the dead. Protestant reformers insisted vehemently that between heaven and hell there was no ‘middle place’ of purgatory where the souls of the departed could be assisted by the prayers of the living. This was no remote theological proposition, but a revolutionary doctrine affecting the lives of all 16th-century English people, and the ways in which their Church and society were organised. This book illuminates the (sometimes ambivalent) attitudes towards the dead in pre-Reformation religious cultur ... More

Keywords: Reformation, England, death, Protestant, heaven, hell, purgatory, religious culture, afterlife, ghosts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198207733
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207733.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Marshall, author
Senior Lecturer in History, University of Warwick
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