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Indulgences in Late Medieval England

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Indulgences played a major role in medieval 'strategies for eternity', easing the journey through Purgatory to Heaven after death. However, theological attacks during the Reformation and the subsequent Protestant rejection of indulgences have given them a poor reputation, compounding the effect of the fourteenth-century satires by Chaucer and Langland of the pardoners who ensured their widespread distribution. This book is the first study of indulgences in late medieval England and it offers an extensive and authoritative re-evaluation of their role in England's religious, social, and economic life between 1300 and the Reformation. R. N. Swanson traces their importance to devotional life, their contribution to charitable and economic structures and the complex tale of their disappearance under Henry VIII. This is a major contribution to the religious history of late medieval England and will be essential reading for scholars of medieval history, religious studies and the Reformation.

Indulgences in Late Medieval England by R. N. Swanson was published by Cambridge University Press in December 2007 and is our 38677th best seller. The ISBN for Indulgences in Late Medieval England is 9780521881203.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherCambridge University Press (December 2007)
Number of Pages594
Thickness38 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code1229592
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