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Indulgences in Late Medieval England


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Introduction; 1. Doctrine and development; 2. Pardons for every occasion; 3. Nooks, crannies, needles, haystacks - the sources; 4. The practicalities of pardons; 5. A pardoner there was ...; 6. Devotion and veneration; 7. Indulgences debated; 8. Responses and appreciations; 9. Indulgences in England's economy; 10. Into oblivion: the reign of Henry VIII; 11. Conclusion.

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This book presents a history of indulgences (or pardons) in late medieval England.


Review of the hardback: '...not only the first scholarly book on indulgences specifically focused upon England, but the result of Herculean archival research ...This is a long-awaited and necessary book, aimed at scholars but written with great verve and clarity.' The Tablet
Review of the hardback: ... sheds much new light and challenges long-held views in a fresh and stimulating way.' Contemporary Review
'Swanson's impressively extensive study seeks to dispel the myths surrounding pardoners and the undulgences (pardons) they sold ... this is a difficult topic superbly handled by a master of the field. What Swanson provides in [this book is not so much a rehabilitation of the pardon in history, more a reassessment - and a highly detailed and long-overdue one at that. This will be the seminal text on the subject for a long time to come.' The Journal of Church History
"[Swanson's] extraordinary research skills are displayed on virtually every one of those pages as he reports on material ferreted out in the most improbable places and in virtually every imaginable type of source." Sixteenth Century Journal, Eric Josef Carlson, Gustavus Adolphus College
"While much of the scholarship on indulgences in the Middle Ages focuses on the summae of the academic theologians and canon lawyers, Swanson's book constitutes the highly useful contribution of a study based on archival documentation." -Robert W. Shaffern, Speculum
"...impressively extensive study..." -Elizabeth Evenden, Church History

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