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Counter The religious revolution known as the 'Reformation' must rank among the most crucial and transforming events in English history. Yet its original reception by the English people remains largely obscure. Did they welcome the innovations - or did they resist? By what internal motivations were their responses determined? And by what external influences were their attitudes shaped? These are the key issues explored by Robert Whiting in this major investigation, based primarily on original research in the south-west. Dr Whiting's controversial conclusion is that for most of the population the Reformation was less a conversion from Catholicism to Protestantism than a transition from religious commitment to religious passivity or even indifference.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Reformation England Devon, Reformation England Cornwall (County) Devon (England) Religious life and customs, Cornwall (England : County) Religious life and customs, Church of England, Diocese of Exeter History 16th century, Devon (England) Church history, Cornwall (England : County) Church history, Anglican Communion England Devon History 16th century, Anglican Communion England Cornwall (County) History 16th century