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The Archaeology of Post-Medieval Religion


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The post-medieval period was one of profound religious and cultural change, of sometimes violent religious conflict and of a dramatic growth in religious pluralism. The essays collected here, in what is the first book to focus on the material evidence, demonstrate the significant contribution that archaeology can make to a deeper understanding of religion. They take a broad interdisciplinary approach to the spatial and material context of religious life, using buildings and landscapes, religious objects and excavated cemeteries, alongside cartographic and documentary sources, to reveal the complexity of religious practices and identities in varied regions of post-medieval Britain, Europe and the wider world. Topics covered include the transformation of religious buildings and landscapes in the centuries after the European Reformation, the role of religious minorities and immigrant groups in early modern cities, the architectural and landscape context of eighteenth and nineteenth-century nonconformity, and the development of post-medieval burial practices and funerary customs. Offering a unique perspective on the material remains of the post-medieval period, this volume will be of significant value to archaeologists and historians interested in the religious and cultural transformation of the early modern world.

Contributors: Chris King, Duncan Sayer, Andrew Spicer, Philippa Woodcock, Matthias Range, Simon Roffey, Greig Parker, Jeremy Lake, Eric Berry, Peter Herring, Claire Strachan, Peter Benes, Diana Mahoney-Swales, Richard O'Neill, Hugh Willmott, Natasha Powers, Adrian Miles, Anwen Cedifor Caffell, Rachel Clarke, Rosie Morris


Contains valuable support material for the social historian and for those seeking more information on the funerary commemoration and burial practices in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. CHURCH MONUMENTS

A useful and sophisticated volume which represents the current state of scholarship. ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNAL

A useful contribution to a rapidly evolving field of study. HUGUENOT SOCIETY JOURNAL

[An] enjoyable essay collection. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY


First Published: 15 Dec 2011
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843836933
Pages: 304
Size: 24 x 17.2
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Boydell Press

Details updated on 30 Mar 2016


  • 1  Foreword
  • 2  Conflict, Community and Custom: the material remains of post-medieval religion
  • 3  Conflict, Community and Custom: the material remains of post medieval religion
  • 4  'Disjoynet, dismemberit and disuneited'. Church-building and re-drawing parish boundaries in post-Reformation Scotland: a case study of Bassendean, Berwickshire
  • 5  Was original best? Refitting the churches of the diocese of Le Mans 1562-1598
  • 6  The 'third sacrament': Lutheran confessionals in Schleswig [northern Germany]
  • 7  Romantic Anachronisms?: Chantry chapels of the 19th century
  • 8  'Strangers in a strange land': immigrants and urban culture in early modern Norwich
  • 9  Expressions of conformity: identifying Huguenot religious beliefs in the landscape
  • 10  Chapels and landscape in Cornwall
  • 11  Church and chapel: focal points in Welsh and Manx landscapes
  • 12  'But deliver us from evil': popular protest and dissent in the south-west woollen industry c.1760-1860
  • 13  Meetinghouses of Puritan New England: the transatlantic passage, 1630-1800
  • 14  The organization of post-medieval churchyards, cemeteries and grave plots: variation and religious identity as seen in Protestant burial provision
  • 15  The hidden material culture of death: coffins and grave goods in late 18th- and early 19th-century Sheffield
  • 16  The hidden material culture of death: coffin and grave goods in late 18th- and early 19th-century Sheffield
  • 17  Nonconformist identities in 19th-century London: archaeological and osteological evidence from the burial grounds of Bow Baptist Chapel and the Catholic Mission of St Mary and St Michael, Whitechapel
  • 18  The General Baptists of Priory Yard, Norwich
  • 19  Maidens' garlands: a funeral custom of post-Reformation England