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Altars Restored: The Changing Face of English Religious Worship, 1547-c.1700

Kenneth Fincham and Nicholas Tyacke


Altars are powerful symbols, fraught with meaning, but during the early modern period they became a religious battleground. Attacked by reformers in the mid-16th century because of their allegedly idolatrous associations with the Catholic sacrifice of the mass, a hundred years later they served to divide Protestants due to their reintroduction by Archbishop Laud and his associates as part of a counter-reforming programme. Moreover, having subsequently been removed by the victorious puritans, they gradually came back after the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. This book explores these develo ... More

Keywords: altars, reformers, protestants, Archbishop Laud, Reformation, artefactual evidence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780198207009
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207009.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Fincham, author
Reader in History, University of Kent.

Nicholas Tyacke, author
Emeritus Reader in History, University College London.