Andrew D. Brown

in Popular Piety in Late Medieval England

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780198205210
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676550 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs


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A broad change in pious practice from the thirteenth to the early sixteenth century appears to present itself. A book that begins with religious houses, proceeds through parishes and guilds, and reaches heresy and Reformation might harbour the assumption that lay devotional concerns shifted — away from an attachment to religious houses and the giving of land to monasteries and nunneries, and towards the parish, guilds, and almshouses, over which they exercised greater ‘control’, culminating in an anticlericalism that paved the way for the Reformation. This book has emphasized institutional and regional influences affecting the expression of pious practices in late medieval England. Some implications can be drawn out concerning the effect of ‘class’ on religious life.

Keywords: England; religious houses; parishes; guilds; heresy; pious practices; Reformation; religious life; almshouses; monasteries

Chapter.  5412 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) ; History of Religion

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