Faith of Our Fathers

Eamon Duffy is one of our greatest historians. His most important book, The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 14001580 (1992), challenged the stock claim that religious life before the Reformation was so lifeless that the slightest reforming spark would quickly become a roaring fire. With his exhaustive demonstration of the vibrancy of faith and practice in England on the Reformation’s eve, he undercut a common thesis among professional historians and derailed Protestants’ self-congratulatory appraisal of their beginnings.


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