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Wales and the Reformation

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Sussex Publications (Dec. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860131840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860131844
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,984,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sir Glanmor Williams FBA is Emeritus Professor of Historyat the University of Wales and remains the chief authority on early modern Wales. He has published extensively in Welsh and English. His other books include "The Welsh Church from Conquest to Reformation," "Religion, Language and Nationality," "The Welsh and their Religion: Historical Essays" and "Wales 1415-1642."" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This is a more meatier volume than Glanmor Williams's text-book review of Welsh history 1415-1642, published as part of Oxford University Press's History of Wales series. Here, Glanmor Williams concentrates solely on how the Reformation effected Wales during the reign of Henry VIII, and how its effects played out in subsequent reigns up to that of Elizabeth. Indeed, six of the fourteen chapters are concerned with the Elizabethan period, for it was only then that its success was assured.

Because this volume allows for a greater depth and a more detailed treatment of the issues, the personalities involved have a less ephemeral role. We come to know the peccadillos of various bishops, the personal views and lives of heretics, the secular ambitions of leading members of the gentry, and the poor education and living standards of most of the parish clergy. This is history come alive.

The book's opening chapter consists of a broad and useful survey of the Christian church in Wales from Roman times up to the Reformation. This is useful because one of the arguments put forward by the reformers was that the new church was a return to the old, wiping out centuries of intervening accretions. This was good news for the Welsh, for it meant that they could take pride in being the original Christians in the land, and the Tudors had Welsh origins to boot.

But the author makes clear that the real reason for the Reformation's success lies elsewhere. The appointment of Welsh bishops as opposed to English outsiders certainly helped, especially as some of those appointed were motivated less by the material pleaures of being a bishop and more by the need to raise the level of the education and the standards of the parochial clergy.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x910403f8) out of 5 stars 1 review
HASH(0x9154e890) out of 5 stars balanced and sensitive treatment of an aspect of Reformation studies all too easily reduced to a mere addendum to works dealing 4 Feb. 2016
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A thorough, balanced and sensitive treatment of an aspect of Reformation studies all too easily reduced to a mere addendum to works dealing with England. A delight to read.
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