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Counter This book offers a new interpretation of the transition from Catholicism to Protestantism in the English Reformation, and explores its implications for an understanding of women and gender. Central to this is an appreciation of the significance of medieval Christo-centric piety in offering a bridge to the Reformation, and in shaping the nature of Protestantism in the period up to the Civil War. Not only does this explain much of the support for Protestantism, but it also suggests the need to question assumptions that the 'loss' of the Virgin Mary and the saints was detrimental to women. Patterns of piety are crucial in two senses: devotional trends, intersected with the ideas expressed in the lives of godly exemplars. The strength of the idea of the godly woman ensured that the outcome would shape the contemporary understanding of gender.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Christian women Religious life England History, England Church history, Reformation England