Eamon Duffy

Eamon Duffy is a British historian specializing in the religious history of England in the 15th and 16th centuries, particularly the English Reformation. He is a Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge and a former President of Magdalene College. Duffy is known for his revisionist approach to the history of the Reformation, challenging traditional narratives and emphasizing the vitality of late medieval Catholicism. His most notable work is 'The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580', which has had a significant impact on the study of the period.


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  1. 1. The Stripping of the Altars

    "The Stripping of the Altars" provides an in-depth look into the religious practices and beliefs of the English people before, during, and after the Protestant Reformation. The book challenges the traditional narrative of a corrupt Catholic Church being replaced by a more pure Protestantism, instead arguing that Catholicism was a vibrant and beloved part of English life. The author uses a wealth of historical evidence to show that the Reformation was a violent rupture rather than a smooth transition, resulting in a profound loss for the people who were forcibly separated from the rituals and traditions that had structured their spiritual lives for generations.