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The dramatic religious revolutions of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries involved a battle over social memory. On one side, the Refor- mation repudiated key aspects of medieval commemorative culture; on the other, traditional religion claimed that Protestantism was a religion without memory. This volume shows how religious memory was some- times attacked and extinguished, while at other times rehabilitated in a modified guise. It investigates how new modes of memorialisation were embodied in texts, material objects, images, physical buildings, rituals and bodily gestures. Attentive to the roles played by denial, amnesia and fabrication, it also considers the retrospective processes by which the English Reformation became identified as an historic event. Examining dissident as well as official versions of this story, this richly illustrated, interdisciplinary collection traces how memory of the religious revolution evolved in the two centuries following the Henrician schism, and how the Reformation embedded itself in the early modern cultural imagination.
|Place of Publication||Cambridge|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Number of pages||425|
|ISBN (Print)||9781108829991, 9781108820493|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Nov 2020|