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Publication Date: 17 Aug 2017
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 256
Author: Peter Marshall
ISBN-13: 9780281075225, 9780281075232

Invisible Worlds

Death, Religion And The Supernatural In England, 1500-1700
By Peter Marshall
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Summary
How did traditional beliefs about the supernatural change as a result of the Reformation, and what were the intellectual and cultural consequences?

Following a masterly interpretative introduction, Peter Marshall traces the effects of the Reformers’ assaults on established beliefs about the afterlife. He shows how debates about purgatory and the nature of hellfire acted as unwitting agents of modernization. He then turns to popular beliefs about angels, ghosts and fairies, and considers how these were reimagined and reappropriated when cut from their medieval moorings.

Invisible Worlds offers convincing proof of the central role played by conceptions of the supernatural and the afterlife in the religious upheavals of the early modern period . . . Peter Marshall’s work is indispensable reading for anyone who desires to understand the intellectual and spiritual shaping of early modern England and of the Western imagination as well.’
Carlos Eire, Professor of History and Religious Studies, Yale University

‘With characteristic elegance and subtlety, Peter Marshall . . . shows how pastoral imperative sometimes bowed to popular belief, and how, simultaneously, Protestantism sowed the seeds of scepticism about the supernatural. Full of intriguing insights, Invisible Worlds will be warmly welcomed by scholars, students and general readers alike.’
Alexandra Walsham, Professor of Modern History, University of Cambridge


Contents

PART 1: HEAVEN, HELL AND PURGATORY: HUMANS IN THE SPIRIT WORLD

1. After Purgatory: Death and Remembrance in the Reformation World
2. ‘The Map of God’s Word’: Geographies of the Afterlife in Tudor and Early Stuart England’
3. Judgment and Repentance in Tudor Manchester: The Celestial Journey of Ellis Hall
4. The Reformation of Hell? Protestant and Catholic Infernalisms, c. 1560-1640
5. The Company of Heaven: Identity and Sociability in the English Protestant Afterlife


PART 2: ANGELS, GHOSTS AND FAIRIES: SPIRITS IN THE HUMAN WORLD

6. Angels Around the Deathbed: Variations on a Theme in the English Art of Dying
7. The Guardian Angel in Protestant England
8. Deceptive Appearances: Ghosts and Reformers in Elizabethan and Jacobean England
9. Piety and Poisoning in Restoration Plymouth
10. Transformations of the Ghost Story in Post-Reformation England
11. Ann Jeffries and the Fairies: Folk Belief and the War on Scepticism
About the Author
Peter Marshall is Professor of History at the University of Warwick and co-editor of The English Historical Review. He has published widely on many aspects of the religious culture of early modern Europe, particularly in the British Isles, and his books include Mother Leakey and the Bishop: A Ghost Story (2007), The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction (2009) and Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation (2017).