The Church and Religion

Glanmor Williams

in Renewal and Reformation

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780192852779
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670558 | DOI:

Series: History of Wales

The Church and Religion

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The Glyndŵr Rebellion had been the culmination of a long period of difficulty and dislocation for the Welsh Church. The effects on ecclesiastical and religious life were catastrophic; and their malign consequences were experienced well into the fifteenth century. Welsh monasteries had financial difficulties and their rehabilitation was a slow and uphill process. Churchbuilding started with the wave of building secular homes. One of the reasons for rebuilding, extending, and adorning churches was the upsurge of enthusiasm for pilgrimages. There was a sudden uprush in the popularity of many new local shrines. There was a renewed demand for religious literature due to pilgrimages and poetry. The favourite themes of prose were echoed in contemporary verse and other religious dramatic literature. Priests depended upon the financial provisions made for increasing the number and frequency of masses. The sale of indulgences was another peril for the Church at the time.

Keywords: Glyndŵr Rebellion; Welsh Church; churchbuilding; pilgrimage; poetry; religious literature; mass; indulgences

Chapter.  11764 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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