Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Christopher Marsh
    Pages 1-26
  3. Christopher Marsh
    Pages 27-95
  4. Christopher Marsh
    Pages 96-154
  5. Christopher Marsh
    Pages 155-196
  6. Christopher Marsh
    Pages 197-219
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 220-258

About this book


This book is a lively and accessible study of English religious life during the century of the Reformation. It draws together a wide range of recent research and makes extensive use of colourful contemporary evidence. The author explores the involvement of ordinary people within, alongside and beyond the church, covering topics such as liturgical practice, church office, relations with the clergy, festivity, religious fellowships, cheap print, 'magical' religion and dissent. The result is a distinctive interpretation of the Reformation as it was experienced by English people, and the strength, resourcefulness and flexibility of their religion emerges as an important theme.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Queen’s University of BelfastUK

About the authors

CHRISTOPHER MARSH is Lecturer in History at The Queen's University of Belfast.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Popular Religion in Sixteenth-Century England
  • Book Subtitle Holding their Peace
  • Authors Christopher Marsh
  • Series Title Social History in Perspective
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Christopher Marsh 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-61990-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-61991-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-26740-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 258
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
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