The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village

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  • Title: The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village
  • Author: Eamon Duffy
  • ISBN: 9780300098259
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village

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The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village

About “Eamon Duffy

  • Eamon Duffy

    Eamon Duffy is Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge, and former President of Magdalene College.He describes himself as a cradle Catholic and specializes in 15th to 17th century religious history of Britain His work has done much to overturn the popular image of late medieval Catholicism in England as moribund, and instead presents it as a vibrant cultural force On weekdays from 22nd October to 2nd November 2007, he presented the BBC Radio 4 series 10 Popes Who Shook the World those popes featured were Peter, Leo I, Gregory I, Gregory VII, Innocent III, Paul III, Pius IX, Pius XII, John XXIII, and John Paul II.



972 thoughts on “The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village

  • This is a beautiful and sad book It is really fascinating to me to read the account of 1520s and 1530s Morebath and its detailed exploration of the vivid life of this tiny little parish It s dangerous for me because I know I m tempted to read too much into it of my own thoughts about the need for everyone, down to the very poorest people, to have responsibility for their own lives, and conversely, for society to place demands on them that they can reasonably meet You don t want to hear about tha [...]


  • Eamon Duffy s The Voices of Morebath Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village is a micro history of the minutest degree The book uses as its primary source a series of records kept over a roughly fifty year period by a Sir Christopher Trychay, the vicar of the small village of Morebath in south western England To the untrained historian or untrained reader Trychay s records would seem but a jumble of tediously kept and altogether meaningless accounts of bills and materials and taxes writt [...]


  • Cover via caption Reformation and Rebellion in an English VillageAuthor Eamon Duffy2001 Religion208 pp 26 b w 16 color illus 6 1 8 x 9 1 4Cloth ISBN 0 300 09185 0 22.50 bg Primary documents provide us the opportunity to hear the voices of people from the times in which they lived By his meticulous deciphering of the parish accounts written by their vicar during a period stretching over fifty years, Eamon Duffy s The Voices of Morebath affords us a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the inhabi [...]


  • I remember reading this and thinking, God being part of the Protestant Reformation was a pain in the ass Duffy takes a page from the French Annales School and looks at the longue duree of a specific village in Devonshire It is quite telling what the everyday folks went through during the great English upheaval that was their version of the Reformation Starting with an examination of pre Henrician reforms to the final settlement under Elizabeth, the people of Morebath had to do their best to roll [...]


  • Fascinating, humbling, and frightening As an awe ful reminder of the horrific differences between the simple exercise of a prescribed faith, and the corrupting influence of ecclesiastical power and wealth, I don t think this book can be betteredIt feels truly bizarre to think that a similar book could be published today 2011 , chronicling the widespread and destructive actions of the Church of England to impose alternative services where anything goes, in place of the services and doctrinal stan [...]


  • The idea is a good one it allows the reader to see the reformation from the small town villagers perspective The use of a 1st hand source is smart, but as far as entertainment, it s not that good at all If someone is very interested in this topic then they should read this, but this isn t for the average reader beginning to take an interest in the reformation Duffy uses data type census document to tell the story it can be very dry for the majority of the book with a vast amount of names and pos [...]


  • I had to read this for my history of Christianity class Admittingly, the beginning is horrendously slow, but it provides a necessary background to village life, and, if you can get through the first two, two and a half chapters, it really is an interesting little microhistory In The Voices of Morebath, Eamon Duffy tells the story of a small sheep farming community in rural England whose only claim to fame is that they lived through the English reformation and had a series of well documented chur [...]




  • This is truly a fascinating book Morebath is a small village in Devonshire with a population of about 350 In 1520, a recently ordained priest, Christopher Trychay is named pastor of the church at Morebath He remains in that post for 54 years Trychay is a very detailed person and records every transaction and event in the record book of the parish It is one of the few Parish Journals that survive to this day The author, Eamon Duffy was captivated by the Journal and has studied it for years Voices [...]


  • Fascinating exposition of the life of a small remote West Country village in Tudor times, based on fifty years of church accounts written by the priest Perhaps will have most appeal to someone familiar with traditional country life and speech We hear much of the importance of rich wool merchants who improved our churches, but this book reveals the importance of the entirely modest flock of church sheep which supported the day to day life of the church and where every parishioner was obliged to [...]


  • I confess, this book isn t what I thought it would be The front cover and inside flap seemed to promise some kind of colloquial, gossipy account of the doings of the people in a small English village called Morebath, told from the view of their rather too curious priest Instead, the parish accounts of Sir Christopher Trychay are exactly what they sound like a record of who bequeathed the church money, how many sheep the different saints stores owned at a given time, who the church wardens were t [...]


  • My knowledge of the English Reformation has up to now been from the top down Henry VIII s divorce Thomas More s martyrdom, Cromwell, Edward and the Duke of Somerset, Bloody Mary who wasn t actually extraordinarily bloody, just on the wrong side of history , Elizabeth s restoration of Protestantism I knew very little about how these changes at the highest level affected the lives of ordinary people a bit about the Pilgrimage of Grace and various martyrdoms the Book of Martyrs and all that That s [...]


  • Unless you are a trained historian with a penchant for reading long passages of olde English, you may find this a difficult book to engage your imagination I certainly struggled Which is really a shame because hidden within the minute details is a powerful story of the vast changes to life for the everyday people of a small village in Devon whilst the monarchy toyed with their religious fever From the divorces of Henry VIII to the Protestant reformations of His son Edward, back to the Catholic i [...]


  • A really interesting microhistory of one priest s account book that spans the English Reformation from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I Duffy mines the records for details that, along with his extensive understanding of this time period, show how the religious changes affected the community of Morebath, and by extension southwest England He goes on some tangents that help tie the local story into the bigger picture of the English Reformation, which were sometimes interesting and sometimes seemed like a [...]


  • There are some good insights in here if you can get past how staggeringly boringly presented the information is The only thing I could imagine to be tedious would be actually reading Trychay s accounts themselves Duffy s wording is at times clunky, adding another hindrance to reading, and the inclusion of many verbatim quotes in Tudor English slows down reading further particularly when he only gives modern translations of paragraph long quotes He mentions early on how the mis translation of se [...]


  • This was chicken soup for my soul I LOVE the English Reformation, but I have only focused not the nobility This gave me insight, for the first time, into the lives of the common people during that time In this book the author, Eamon Duffy, uses the Parish notes of the village of Morebath to determine how the English Reformation during the Tudor Era affected the common people And it was such an interesting time to study a village because going through Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I [...]


  • I m torn on how to rate this because on one hand, this is not a book that an amateur history reader will want to pick up In fact, I can t see anyone outside the field of historical scholarship wanting to read this However, Eamon Duffy is one of the leading Reformation historians, and this work clearly shows that I docked one star for how difficult it was to read, but it definitely earned those other four stars It completely changed the way I saw the Reformation I am eager to read his other works [...]


  • If Haruki Murakami were allowed to expand his occasional albeit fictional digressions into the histories of obscure Japanese villages into a book, I think it would have a flavor very similar to the Voices of Morbath, down to the multiple mentions of sheep.That said, it s a really interesting meditation on the effects of religion and later the English Protestant Reformation, counter Reformation, and then tentative Reformation on parish life It s a bit dense in periods and there s a lot about acc [...]


  • A study of Catholic prevalence in Restoration rural English villages, the traditions of English Catholicism that were and less important to English people during this period, and the transformation of Morebath into a Protestant town Also an excellent look at common life in England during the 1400s 1500s A bit dense not for the casual history reader in terms of the detail and extraneous information.


  • Seems a bit narrow on first examination would Routledge publish this in depth analysis of the churchwarden accounts of a sixteenth century parish in rural Devon In paperback However, it is a really interesting read, particularly with regard to the impact of the Reformation on the engagement of the community in parish activity And how awful to save for twenty years for some black vestments only to have them made illegal with the coming of the Reformation that very year


  • I just re read this book for class, and once again I was disappointed Duffy takes a very interesting subject how a village priest and his parishioners weather the changes of the English Reformation and makes it boring I m trying to decide if I will assign it to students again They do get a pretty good idea about what the Reformation meant to ordinary people, but they have to wade through a lot of unneccessary quotations in the original sixteenth century English and bad prose.


  • A look at the religious life of a tiny English town prior to and during the Reformation It s a bit dry, but Duffy makes the case that it s impossible to separate the religious and secular concerns of communities during this period they re inextricably intertwined The chapters on the Reformation give a very poignant sense of the loss and anger communities felt as they were forced by the Crown to destroy their icons and abandon their traditional devotions.


  • An extraordinary look at a single Devonshire parish through all the religious changes of the mid and late 16th century, all through the eyes of its parish priest, who survived it all Based on parish records and a diary the priest kept from the time he came to his living as a young man to just before his death in his 70s.


  • This is a very good book about the upheaval in the Church of England from the reign of Henry VIII through Elizabeth I through the eyes of their parish priest of 54 years It gives us an idea of how that period of the English reformation affected a rural community Once you get past the first three chapters you ll find it very interesting.


  • Read for Tudor Stuart England While Duffy s research is in depth and well constructed, the narrative and flow of the work was overly drawn out It could have been much shorter concise It was also full of tangles, difficult to close read and certainly far too difficult for an undergraduate course I wouldn t recommend unless this is your area of specialty.


  • 08 30 o This is so dry a book I can t take it any a frustrating history student doing her reading assignment09 10 This book turned out to be much interesting as I read on I love how it discusses how ordinary people s lives were like under high political culture.


  • Despite how incredibly dense and let s face itring this book is, it is rather short in length and really an incredible way of developing a picture of a Tudor village through the use of quantitative data.


  • Not for the casual reader, as it can be slow and dry and the primary source material s interest might not be immediately apparent However, with thought, and patience, one can get a lot but this work of respectable scholarship.


  • Not an easy read, but definitely informative Gives a great account of how the English Reformation affected small town life in England I recommend for serious history buffs, but not for lite readers.


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