Beliefs and the Dead in Reformation England
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Peter Marshall's detailed and finely balanced examination of the English priesthood in the age of Reformation is a superb example of the fresh insights still to be found in this enduringly contentious area ... The precision and poise of this study means that we are provided not only with an account of the priesthood but also with a fascinating and delicately-constructed picture of the wider English religious scene between c. 1500 and 1553 ... One of the greatest strengths of this work is the way in which it manages to quell the more strident voices of polemicists both past and present and let us hear the faint, at times almost inaudible, voices of ordinary people ... In both its wider perspective and its detailed perception, this work offers a rare level of insight. The disputatious world of Reformation history stands very much in need of this type of approach to balance the equally necessary, but more argumentative, works on this subject.