Broken idols of the English Reformation

Why were so many religious images and objects broken and damaged in the course of the Reformation? Margaret Aston's magisterial new book charts the conflicting imperatives of destruction and rebuilding throughout the English Reformation from the desecration of images, rails and screens to bells...

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Main Author: Aston, Margaret 1932-2014
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2016.
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B England / Reformation / Christian art / Church decoration / Iconoclasm / History 1532-1600
Further subjects:B England Social conditions, 16th century
B England Religion 16th century
B England Social conditions 16th century
B Social change England History, 16th century
B Religious articles England History 16th century
B England Religion, 16th century
B Christianity Social aspects England History 16th century
B Idols and images England History, 16th century
B Christianity Social aspects England History, 16th century
B Social change England History 16th century
B Reformation England
B Iconoclasm England, 16th century
B Iconoclasm England 16th century
B Religious articles England History, 16th century
B Offenses against religion England History 16th century
B Idols and images England History 16th century
B Offenses against religion England History, 16th century
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
Parallel Edition:Print version: 9780521770187
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Summary:Why were so many religious images and objects broken and damaged in the course of the Reformation? Margaret Aston's magisterial new book charts the conflicting imperatives of destruction and rebuilding throughout the English Reformation from the desecration of images, rails and screens to bells, organs and stained glass windows. She explores the motivations of those who smashed images of the crucifixion in stained glass windows and who pulled down crosses and defaced symbols of the Trinity. She shows that destruction was part of a methodology of religious revolution designed to change people as well as places and to forge in the long term new generations of new believers. Beyond blanked walls and whited windows were beliefs and minds impregnated by new modes of religious learning. Idol-breaking with its emphasis on the treacheries of images fundamentally transformed not only Anglican ways of worship but also of seeing, hearing and remembering.
Part I -- 1. The call to destroy -- 2. Answering the call -- 3. Steps to the temple -- Part II -- 4. Saints popular and unpopular : St Thomas of Canterbury and St George -- 5. Reforming sound : bells and organs -- 6. Images of the Trinity -- Part III -- 7. Windows -- 8. The cross -- 9. Word against image -- Conclusion
Item Description:Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 10 Dec 2015)
ISBN:1139032836
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781139032834