Broken Idols of the English Reformation Hardback

by Margaret Aston;

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Broken Idols of the English Reformation

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Why were so many religious images and objects broken and damaged in the course of the Reformation? Margaret Aston's magisterial new book charts the conflicting imperatives of destruction and rebuilding throughout the English Reformation from the desecration of images, rails and screens to bells, organs and stained glass windows. She explores the motivations of those who smashed images of the crucifixion in stained glass windows and who pulled down crosses and defaced symbols of the Trinity. She shows that destruction was part of a methodology of religious revolution designed to change people as well as places and to forge in the long term new generations of new believers. Beyond blanked walls and whited windows were beliefs and minds impregnated by new modes of religious learning. Idol-breaking with its emphasis on the treacheries of images fundamentally transformed not only Anglican ways of worship but also of seeing, hearing and remembering.

Broken Idols of the English Reformation by Margaret Aston was published by Cambridge University Press in September 2015. The ISBN for Broken Idols of the English Reformation is 9780521770187.

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Details for Broken Idols of the English Reformation

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherCambridge University Press (September 2015)
Number of Pages1104
Thickness54 mm
Height254 mm
Width178 mm
Product Code4378253
Page last updated 16th August 2018
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