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The Quiet Reformation: Magistrates and the Emergence of Protestantism in Tudor Norwich Hardcover – 30 Apr 1999

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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press (30 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804735131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804735131
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,370,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The scholarship is first rate, the analysis thoughtful and penetrating, and the writing clear and crisp. McClendon nicely places her story about whether the English reformation gained its major impetus from 'below' or 'above.'... It is a book which will be one of the models in its field of early modern urban history." - J. sears McGee, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Muriel C. McClendon is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By manfriday on 24 Mar. 2010
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The book traces the history of the Reformation in Norwich from the traditional in the 1520's to firmly protestant by the early years of Elizabeth's reign and beyond. Using the rich source offered by the civic records of the city McClendon draws out a pattern of local leaders imposing only minimal sentances and seeking to obscure signs of religious dissent. This was throughout the period, covering the reigns of all four monarchs. The reason for this de facto toleration was less principle than a desire to keep outsiders at arms length from its affairs particularly following a fairly recent, bruising brush with Cardinal Wolsey and a nasty dose of bullying by Thomas More over the Thomas Bilney affair.

It is a persuasive thesis and although Freeman has argued that the author underestimates the willingness of some alderman to participate in the Marian persecution, the numbers were small and the pressures extreme. Although the thesis may need to modified it seems to me that it substantially holds.

Any reservations are minor. More perhaps, could be done to describe the entry points and nature of reforming activity particularly through the careers of the preachers and pastors. Similarly the the will based evidence for the city as a whole(presented in a cited article by Sheppard) could, usefully, be more fully integrated into the text to help illustrate developments at different stages of the process and to enable comparisons to be drawn with the aldermen.

A good well researched work; it is no surprise that it is cited so frequently in the literature. An important book for anyone with more than passing interest in the period.
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