Reforming Printing: Syon Abbey's Defence of Orthodoxy 1525-1534 by Alexandra da CostaReforming Printing: Syon Abbey's Defence of Orthodoxy 1525-1534 by Alexandra da Costa

Reforming Printing: Syon Abbey's Defence of Orthodoxy 1525-1534

byAlexandra da Costa

Hardcover | August 26, 2012

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This book investigates how Syon Abbey responded to the religious turbulence of the 1520s and 1530s. It examines the eleven books three brothers - William Bonde, John Fewterer and Richard Whitford - had printed during this period and argues that the Bridgettines used vernacular printing toengage with religious and political developments that threatened their understanding of orthodox faith. Through these works - and their some twenty-six editions - the Abbey presented itself as part of the vanguard of the Church, fighting heterodoxy with a three-fold commitment to reformed spiritualleadership, vernacular theology and the spiritual education of the laity. It used its printed books to to augment inferior parochial instruction; bolster orthodox faith and contradict evangelical argument; resist Henry VIII's desire for ecclesiastical supremacy; and defend the monastic way of life. The book has three principal aims. First, to continue the debate about the nature of late medieval Catholicism by directing attention to one community that publicly proclaimed a very specific Catholic identity. Second, to highlight the shifting nature of that identity, which developed continuouslyin response to evangelicalism. Third, to emphasise the importance and impact of conservative vernacular theology in this period. Reforming Printing makes a strong contribution to our understanding of the Bridgettine community of Syon Abbey, and more generally the monastic and Catholic response to the developments that culminated in Henry VIII's break with Rome. It sheds new light upon the religious climate of the 1520s and30s and will be of considerable interest to literary scholars and historians of the English Reformation, especially those working on early modern religious writing.
Alexandra da Costa is a Fellow in English at St Hilda's College, where she is now working on a project investigating exchanges between conservative and evangelical writers printed between 1529 and 1531. Before coming to St Hilda's, she was a Research Fellow and Tutor at Keble College, Oxford, and prior to that an undergraduate and pos...
Title:Reforming Printing: Syon Abbey's Defence of Orthodoxy 1525-1534Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:August 26, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199653569

ISBN - 13:9780199653560


Table of Contents

Introduction1. Syon's textual community2. A factory for books3. Syon's cure of souls4. The defence of the faith5. Henry VIII's great matter6. The contemplative and the mixed lives at SyonConclusionBibliography