The Secularization of Early Modern England: From Religious Culture to Religious Faith (Hardback)
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The Secularization of Early Modern England: From Religious Culture to Religious Faith (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 18/06/1992
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In this provocative work, Sommerville examines the onset of secularization in sixteenth and seventeenth-century England, exploring how and why various aspects of life - art, language, work, play, technology, and power - became divorced from religious values. The work helps modern readers understand what life was like in an age in which religion suffused society and was as basic to thought as the structure of language. Sommerville argues that secularization began earlier in England than many historians believe - even before Henry VIII's seizure of power over the church in the 1530s - and that it advanced in concert with the Protestant Reformation. As more aspects of daily life were divorced from religious values and controls, religious culture was supplanted by religious faith, a reasoned (rather than an unquestioned) belief in the supernatural.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780195074277
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 579 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Sommerville's thesis is ably argued and supported by an impressive array of illustrative source-material. It is persuasive to a degree.' Times Literary Supplement
'a book of unusual range and ambition ... the cumulative effect is certainly imposing and thought-provoking ... It is full of individual insights, and it is written with clarity and purpose.' Times Higher Education Supplement
'The Secularization of Early Modern England would be a good supplementary reader for an undergraduate or graduate course on the Tudor-Stuart period. Sommerville underscores the importance of ideology in understanding the historical process.' Amy Thompson McCandless, The College of Charleston, The Historian (US)
'His emphasis on the role of politics and ideas, rather than on socio-economic determinants, is refreshing. Sommerville is able to breathe new life into the somewhat discredited notion of a Tudor 'revolution' under Henry VIII - no mean feat.' Nicholas Tyacke, Early Modern History
'As a general introduction ... the book has its uses. It is, on the whole, well written, and the author is aware of the apparent contradictions in the period he covers.' Heythrop Journal
This is an ambitious and largely successful essay about the contraction of the religious sphere in England, consequent upon the Reformation. His emphasis on the role of politics and ideas, rather than on socio-economic determinants, is refreshing. Sommerville is able to breathe new life into the somewhat discredited notion of a Tudor 'revolution' under Henry VIII - no mean feat. * Nicholas Tyacke, University College, London, History *

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