Charitable Hatred: Tolerance and Intolerance in England, 1500-1700

September 16, 2008|
Charitable Hatred: Tolerance and Intolerance in England, 1500-1700 by Alexandra Walsham
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Charitable hatred offers a challenging new perspective on religious tolerance and intolerance in early modern England. Setting aside traditional models charting a linear progress from persecution to toleration, it emphasises instead the complex interplay between these two impulses in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The book examines the intellectual assumptions that underpinned attitudes towards religious minorities and the institutional structures and legal mechanisms by which they were both repressed and accommodated. It also explores the social realities of prejudice and forbearance, hostility and harmony at the level of the neighbourhood and parish. Simultaneously, it surveys the range of ways in which dissenting churches and groups responded and adapted to official and popular intolerance, investigating how the experience of suffering helped to forge sectarian identities. In analysing the consequences of the advancing pluralism of English society in the wake of the Reformation, this study illuminates the cultural processes that shaped and complicated the conditions of coexistence before and after the Act of Toleration of 1689.
Alexandra Walsham is Professor of Reformation History at the University of Exeter
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Title:Charitable Hatred: Tolerance and Intolerance in England, 1500-1700
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:388 pages, 9.21 X 6.1 X 0.59 in
Shipping dimensions:388 pages, 9.21 X 6.1 X 0.59 in
Published:September 16, 2008
Publisher:Manchester University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780719052408

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