The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy

"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.

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Total Points: 69

Since this book was first published in 1992, there is a penalty of 28.8%. The age adjusted score is 49.13.

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