Early print and purgatory : the shaping of an Henrician ideology
In this thesis the evidence of more than 1500 early printed religious books published between 1475-1559 is used to explore the way in which Purgatory was officially discredited by the English Church after its break with Rome. A survey of the books published before 1530 indicates that practices associated with Purgatory were so deeply embedded in society that its existence was taken for granted and authors felt little need to write about it. Most of the texts which did speak of Purgatory,...[Show more]
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