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While a lot contemporary examine has handled the preferred reaction to the non secular switch ushered in through the mid-Tudor interval, this ebook focuses not only at the reaction to extensive liturgical and doctrinal swap, but additionally seems at how theological and reform messages might be applied between neighborhood leaders and civic elites. it really is this cohort that has usually been ignored in prior efforts to examine the usually elusive place of the typical girl or guy. utilizing the Vale of Gloucester as a case examine, the ebook refocuses realization onto the idea that of 'commonwealth' and hyperlinks it to a steady, yet long-standing dissatisfaction with neighborhood spiritual homes. It exhibits how monasteries, endowed at the beginning out of the charitable impulses of elites, more and more got here to rely more and more on lay stewards to stay conceivable. through the fiscal downturn of the mid-Tudor interval, whilst city and landed elites refocused their realization on restoring the commonwealth which they believed had damaged down, they more and more considered the charity provided by means of spiritual homes as inadequate to satisfy the neighborhood wishes. In this sort of weather the Protestant social gospel looked as if it would offer a legitimate replacement to which many of us gravitated. conserving to scrutiny the 'revisionist revolution' of the previous two decades, the booklet reopens debate approximately primary matters concerning the methods the normal church misplaced effect through the overdue center a long time, and the concept there have been deep issues of the non secular homes used to be not only a construction of the reformers yet fairly has a protracted background. In so doing it deals a extra entire photograph of reform that is going past head-counting by way of taking a look at the political relationships and the way they have been suffering from non secular rules to lead to swap.

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For most of their history it appears that overall Gloucester’s religious establishments were thriving and held in great repute. As their numbers grew along with costs and the need for additional endowments, the Benedictines of St. Peter’s continued, over the years, to maintain their close connections to the crown and local lords. In typical fashion for a community of its size, the monks sought privileges and provision from their royal benefactors. Henry III held a special regard for the monastery and the town since he was crowned there in 1216.

The resulting conflicts with town officials often made  Nigel Baker and Richard Holt, Urban Growth and the Medieval Church: Gloucester and Worcester (Aldershot, 2004), pp. 293–306. 32 Commonwealth and the English Reformation their way to court and over time, the religious designs came to be seen as financially draining to the town, which was seeking to recover from a series of crises. Increasingly, the irritations and resentments this situation fueled spilled over into actual violence, and the evidence for such conflict does not come simply from biased municipal records but can be found in the episcopal registers and accounts of the monks themselves, who often described each episode in detail.

By contrast, the prior of Llanthony’s properties tended to be geographically concentrated in the southeast part of the town, closest to the priory. Of his 40 rentals listed, 26 were sublet by tenants, while the total income from leases tended to be meager and well below 17 Keene, “Landlords,” pp. 104–11; Jennifer Kermode, “The Greater Towns, 1300– 1540,” in CUHB, vol. 1, p. 460; Dyer, Decline and Growth, p. 23. , 2 (1977): p. 269. D. 1455 from a Roll in the Possession of the Corporation of Gloucester, ed.

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