This Prize Winning Account Of The Pre Reformation Church Recreates Lay People S Experience Of Religion In Fifteenth Century England Eamon Duffy Shows That Late Medieval Catholicism Was Neither Decadent Nor Decayed, But Was A Strong And Vigorous Tradition, And That The Reformation Represented A Violent Rupture From A Popular And Theologically Respectable Religious System For This Edition, Duffy Has Written A New Preface Reflecting On Recent Developments In Our Understanding Of The PeriodFrom Reviews Of The First Edition A Magnificent Scholarly Achievement And A Compelling Read Patricia Morrison, Financial Times Deeply Imaginative, Movingly Written, And Splendidly Illustrated Duffy S Analysis Carries Conviction Maurice Keen, New York Review Of Books This Book Will Afford Enjoyment And Enlightenment To Layman And Specialist Alike Peter Heath, Times Literary Supplement An Astonishing And Magnificent Piece Of Work Edward T Oakes, Commonweal Duffy expresses surprise that this became a best seller, and no shit this is some detailed, historiographically conscious, I m going to assume you know all the main events stuff It s also gloriously interesting, and surprisingly readable. This revisionist behemoth can be divided into two parts The first and longer section outlines the characteristics of late medieval Catholicism, its defining ideas and practices He examines this topic from the perspectives of both laity and clergy, using a variety of sources including, unusually, the material conditions of the churches themselves If you don t know what a rood screen is and couldn t care less, this part may be slow going for you, but it is necessary to establish the foundations This revisionist behemoth can be divided into two parts The first and longer section outlines the characteristics of late medieval Catholicism, its defining ideas and practices He examines this topic from the perspectives of both laity and clergy, using a variety of sources including, unusually, the material conditions of the churches themselves If you don t know what a rood screen is and couldn t care less, this part may be slow going for you, but it is necessary to establish the foundations for the point Duffy has been Hugely, hugely detailed book that does a very nice job of critiquing what had been the prevailing viewpoint of the English Reformation that medieval Catholicism had petered out, with disinterested clerics and semi pagan peasants only revitalized by the influence of Protestant reform It s an inaccurate way of looking at things or at best oversimplified , and Duffy does a really nice job What an exhausting book That s not a criticism, simply how I felt once getting through it Duffy s central argument is reminiscent of Simpson, but whereas Simpson used rhetorical showmanship to support his points, Duffy drowns you in information This is really good information, of course It reads like an anthropological study of medieval english religion, really convincing you of the vitality and fascinating complexity of traditional religious belief It ll be a great resource to return to.Th What an exhausting book That s not a criticism, simply how I felt once getting through it Duffy s central argument is reminiscent of Simpson, but whereas Simpson used rhetorical showmanship to support his points, Duffy drowns you in information This is really good information, of course It reads like an anthropological study of medieval english religion, really convincing you of the vitality and fascinating complexity of traditional religious belief It ll be a great resource to return to.The preface to the second edition is a little weird, though Duffy defends accusations that he ignored non traditional forms of religion, particularly Lollardy, by sa