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Fires of Faith: Catholic England under Mary Tudor by [Duffy, Eamon]
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Fires of Faith is a dazzling exercise in historical reappraisal, after which the reign of Mary Tudor will never look quite the same again. --Peter Marshall, Times Literary Supplement

In this powerful, punchy book he argues that the Marian restoration of English Catholicism was much more than the rather low-profile and sometimes timid attempt to return to the past which even the recent revisionists have portrayed. No, says Duffy (and I must now agree), it was a full-blooded attempt to introduce into England the new Catholicism of the fledgling Counter-Reformation ... Once again, Eamon Duffy has changed the landscape of English Reformation history. --J.J. Scarisbridge, The Weekly Standard

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"... a skilled and convincing piece of historical polemic ... an important book... [which] argues a pivotal case... a gripping read."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 821 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0300168896
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (15 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XQ3JES
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
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I chose this because of a lingering interest in Tudor history from my student days, and the fact that I had recently read another book (Faith of our Fathers) by Eamon Duffy. So, coming to this book as a general reader, how was it? Very interesting! Not only did it reawaken long-dead knowledge, it made me very much aware of prevailing "fashions" in history and the need to be open to new perspectives on the past. I remembered again what drew me to study history all those years ago!
From a student's perspective, I would think that this text is a valuable contribution when reassessing the impact of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation in England. It is, I feel, a balanced account. He is not trying to excuse the inexcusable, and it is definitely not a pro-Mary rant! Eamon Duffy has painted a picture of aspects of the Catholic revival in the reign of Mary which goes some way to expose several of the sweeping generalisations and overwhelmingly negative appraisals of the past, while pointing his readers towards a number of historians who, like him, are currently engaged in re-evaluating the evidence soberly and justly.
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By Robert Archer VINE VOICE on 4 Aug. 2009
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This is an excellent book and one that needed to be written. With exhaustive research and an unbiased appraisal of the facts the author has succeeded in producing a book with a wide-ranging appeal.
The book confronts many unpalatable facts about the Marian renewal of Catholicism in England (some 300 people killed for their refusal to renounce their faith) but 16th century England is not today. The fear of harbouring enemies within our midst still exists. When Mary came to the throne in 1553 England was, despite Edward`s actions, still predominantly a Catholic country. The battle between the old and the new faith was real-man`s soul was at (often literally) stake. However, Mr Duffy carefully examines the role and importance of `the word`. Whether in the pulpit or the pamphlet argument is demonstrably seen to have been a vital weapon.
This is a book to be read for its historical interest of a formative period in England and for the legacy which reaches down to us to today
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I have read and purchased several of Eamon Duffy's books - including"The Stripping of the Altars" and "The Voices of Morebath". Being extremely interested in the religious upheavals here in England during the mid sixteenth century, and especially in the Counter Reformation, I was delighted with this latest book.

For far too long, Mary's reign has been overshadowed by that of her half-sister Elizabeth, viewed as a dark and dismal period in English history; and a futile attempt to turn back the religious clock. This was how it was presented to me at school many years ago. However, that is patently untrue, something which I, and many others, have long suspected.

In fact, as Duffy has amply demonstrated here, and also in his other books, there was considerable support and yearning for the restoration of the Catholic faith along with all its attendant trappings. That this was so has been consistently overlooked (in my view deliberately) in the smoke rising from the fires of those burnt to death for their Protestant beliefs. I am no apologist for burning people to death for their religious faith (and neither is Duffy) but this episode must be viewed in the context of the sixteenth century and not from that of the twenty first.

In time, I suspect, that even the thorny issue of restoring the abbeys and priories and their lands would have been accomplished. Of course, for the time being (and as events turned out for ever) this was thwarted by those who had chiefly profitted from their enforced surrender and destruction - members of the House of Commons - many of whom were clearly as corrupt as many of their successors are today.

But time was not on Mary's side.
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The two pre-eminent historians of the Tudor Church, Eamon Duffy and Diarmaid MacCulloch, disagree on much, but in the 21st Century reassessment of the Reformation, they are united on one thing: Cardinal Pole deserves a much more positive perspective than he has hitherto been given.
After MacCulloch's monumental "Reformation", with a highly favourable excursus on Pole, we now have this, Duffy's book on the Marian church and its legacy. Mary herself is almost completely ignored; rather, Duffy's tome is ultimately a reconstruction of Pole's plan for the re-Catholicising of England, and a further argument that Pole's blueprint was not left behind in an English backwater, but rather highly influential in the Counter Reformation across Europe: for example, his plans on seminaries found their way into the contemporary Council of Trent's final text.
There remains an essential disagreement, however, between Duffy and MacCulloch. For MacCulloch and others, there was something much more inevitable about the Reformation event in Europe and in England. Duffy has never accepted this, arguing that such a view comes from secular/ Protestant bias.
In his famous "The Stripping of the Altars", Duffy argued that, far from being on its last legs when the Reformation happened, traditional Catholic religion was flourishing in England right up to the Henrician revolution. Most historians would now agree with him. Here, he extends his argument by three decades: deep into the 1550s, traditional Catholic religion was genuinely popular over most of England: the Protestant martyrs were only popular in London and Kent, and even there a campaign of repressive force was on its way to wiping them out.
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