By Ben Lowe
When a lot contemporary study has handled the preferred reaction to the non secular switch ushered in throughout the mid-Tudor interval, this publication focuses not only at the reaction to wide liturgical and doctrinal swap, but additionally appears to be like at how theological and reform messages may be applied between neighborhood leaders and civic elites. it really is this cohort that has usually been missed in earlier efforts to envision the customarily elusive place of the typical girl or guy. utilizing the Vale of Gloucester as a case examine, the booklet refocuses realization onto the idea that of 'commonwealth' and hyperlinks it to a gentle, yet long-standing dissatisfaction with neighborhood spiritual homes. It exhibits how monasteries, endowed at the start out of the charitable impulses of elites, more and more got here to count more and more on lay stewards to stay achievable. throughout the monetary downturn of the mid-Tudor interval, whilst city and landed elites refocused their cognizance on restoring the commonwealth which they believed had damaged down, they more and more considered the charity provided by means of non secular homes as inadequate to fulfill the neighborhood wishes. In this sort of weather the Protestant social gospel looked as if it would supply a legitimate substitute to which many folks gravitated. maintaining to scrutiny the 'revisionist revolution' of the earlier 20 years, the e-book reopens debate approximately basic matters concerning the methods the conventional church misplaced effect by way of the past due center a long time, and the concept that there have been deep issues of the spiritual homes was once not only a construction of the reformers yet relatively has an extended historical past. In so doing it deals a extra entire photo of reform that is going past head-counting by means of the political relationships and the way they have been laid low with spiritual rules to lead to switch.
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Extra resources for Commonwealth and the English Reformation: Protestantism and the Politics of Religious Change in the Gloucester Vale, 1483-1560
Peter’s Abbey in Gloucester was a typical large Benedictine house that had been adversely affected by the economic, political and cultural changes that came in the wake of severe plague and pestilence in the later middle ages. It may be that the condition of the monastery was little changed when it came to spiritual matters, but its dominating presence and the sweep of its prodigious local financial entanglements, had become less sufferable among Gloucester’s burgesses by the early sixteenth century.
If one includes the revenue generated by the four cells of Hereford, Bromfield, St. Guthlac’s and Stanley St. Leonard’s, that full amount in 1535 rises to £1,845, 5s, 9d. In order to maintain these lands numerous officers of the abbey—such as the stewards of properties and manors, bailiffs, reeves and keepers of the grange (wood)—were strictly responsible for collecting rents and other revenues. Until the 1330s, it appears that St. Peter’s still did not produce enough income to meet its expenses.
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. 1 Gloucester Cathedral, formerly St. 1670), from William Dugdale’s Monasticon Anglicanum (1718) 34 Commonwealth and the English Reformation his son, Edward I, the monks received property and the right to take profit of the nearby “whole wood of Hopemaloysel at their will,” without interference from the keepers of the Forest of Dean or the constables of a local castle.
Commonwealth and the English Reformation: Protestantism and the Politics of Religious Change in the Gloucester Vale, 1483-1560 by Ben Lowe