The Restoration of Altars in the 1630s

Fincham, Kenneth (2001) The Restoration of Altars in the 1630s. Historical Journal, 44 (4). pp. 919-940. ISSN 0018-246X. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The nationwide campaign to erect railed altars in the 1630s has always been seen as a central feature of the Laudian reformation of the Church. Recently some scholars have denied its close association with Laud and Arminian sacramentalism, and have proposed that the policy originated with Charles I, to be reluctantly endorsed by his archbishop. As for its enforcement, Julian Davies has identified at least five variants which were implemented in the dioceses. This article argues instead that Archbishops Neile and Laud were centrally involved in the introduction of the railed altar, and that they oversaw the imposition of a single altar policy, with only Williams of Lincoln briefly championing a variation on it. Differences did emerge, however, over where communicants should receive, since this had not been prescribed by authority. Charles I, on this reading, was not the driving force for change, although he clearly came to support it.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Kenneth Fincham
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2008 16:10
Last Modified: 19 May 2014 13:44
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