By Ben Lowe

ISBN-10: 140940045X

ISBN-13: 9781409400455

When a lot contemporary learn has handled the preferred reaction to the non secular swap ushered in throughout the mid-Tudor interval, this publication focuses not only at the reaction to vast liturgical and doctrinal swap, but additionally seems to be at how theological and reform messages might be applied between neighborhood leaders and civic elites. it's this cohort that has frequently been missed in past efforts to examine the customarily elusive place of the typical lady or guy. utilizing the Vale of Gloucester as a case research, the booklet refocuses awareness onto the idea that of 'commonwealth' and hyperlinks it to a steady, yet long-standing dissatisfaction with neighborhood spiritual homes. It exhibits how monasteries, endowed firstly out of the charitable impulses of elites, more and more got here to count more and more on lay stewards to stay conceivable. in the course of the financial downturn of the mid-Tudor interval, while city and landed elites refocused their recognition on restoring the commonwealth which they believed had damaged down, they more and more considered the charity provided by way of non secular homes as inadequate to satisfy the neighborhood wishes. In any such weather the Protestant social gospel looked as if it would offer a sound substitute to which many folks gravitated. conserving to scrutiny the 'revisionist revolution' of the earlier 20 years, the publication reopens debate approximately primary matters concerning the methods the conventional church misplaced effect via the overdue heart a while, and the concept that there have been deep issues of the non secular homes was once not only a construction of the reformers yet fairly has an extended historical past. In so doing it bargains a extra whole photo of reform that is going past head-counting by way of taking a look at the political relationships and the way they have been stricken by non secular rules to lead to switch.

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By the early sixteenth century Gloucester’s large-scale capping trade was providing “mass employment,” and with many of the workers emigrating from rural areas, the population had completely recovered to 1377 levels by 1550. The bustling occupational zones of central Gloucester portrayed in a 1455 rental, conducted by Robert Cole of Llanthony Priory, offer little evidence of late medieval urban decay. In fact, the rebuilding and internal improvements clearly suggest new growth. The rental is also illustrative of the role of the church.

Butlin (eds), An Historical Geography of England and Wales, 2nd edn (London, 1990), pp. 135–6.  VCH, vol. 4, pp. 23–4. Government, Business, and Urban Politics 17 A 1327 subsidy assessment indicates, unsurprisingly, that the highest payers came from the companies of merchants, drapers, tanners, dyers and goldsmiths. The two major organizations of businessmen were the Guild Merchant and the Commune (Common Council).  Guilds typically had close relationships with the parish churches, with several maintaining chantries by paying the income of the priests who were praying for the departed souls.

The rental is also illustrative of the role of the church. Of the total holdings in the town, St. Peter’s owned about 22 percent, Llanthony Priory about half of that, the prior of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital 5 percent, and other ecclesiastics just over 21 percent. 2 percent by lay persons, with St. 18 The abbot of St. Peter’s apparently paid the landgavel for some of his tenants, and accounted for perhaps as much as 32 percent of the total payment. He also capitalized on Gloucester’s new role as a distribution center for goods, which brought many visitors to the town.

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