Wales and the Reformation
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›