Contested spaces in sacred places: re-forming the English parish church under Mary I

Larking, Irena (2013) Contested spaces in sacred places: re-forming the English parish church under Mary I. Crossroads, 6 2: 49-59.

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Author Larking, Irena
Title Contested spaces in sacred places: re-forming the English parish church under Mary I
Journal name Crossroads
ISSN 1839-8774
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 6
Issue 2
Start page 49
End page 59
Total pages 11
Place of publication St Lucia, QLD, Australia
Publisher Queensland Association of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics Publishing
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract The Reformation in England dramatically changed the physical characteristics of parish churches within the diocese of Norwich, like many others across the country, especially under the rule of Edward VI (1547-1553) – Henry VIII’s only son. Images were removed and/or destroyed from side altars, chancels, rood screens, windows and walls. The high altar, along with its associated Latin services and liturgical plate, was also thrown out, and replaced with the reformed communion table, its equally reformed communion paten and cup and the Book of Common Prayer. In short, a faith based on a sensory experience was replaced with a faith that was predominantly experienced though understanding and the Word. Within six years Edward VI had died and the work of reform was cut short. His half-sister Mary Tudor succeeded him to the throne in 1553 and with her returned the Catholic faith of her childhood. With as much determination as her brother, Mary sought to restore parish churches to their rightful state whereby her subjects could worship God with a true faith. Parish congregations had just gone through several years of constructing their parish churches for protestant worship. Now they were being commanded to restore what they had just destroyed. Some parishes were faced with the conundrum of how to respond to these requests, being torn between loyalty to the crown and loyalty to their new found faith. Others took hold of this providential opportunity to re-form their churches so that they could once again practice the faith of their Fathers. Thus the parish church was re-established as a contested space, as parishioners sought to re-affirm their faith experience through the use of object, space and ceremony within the Marian Church.
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Additional Notes Special Issue - 2011 Perspectives on Power Conference. Selected papers from "Perspectives on Power: An Interdisciplinary Conference for Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers" held at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia from 23-25 November 2011. This article is a longer version of the paper presented at the conference.

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