By Jonathan Willis

'Church track and Protestantism in Post-Reformation England' breaks new floor within the spiritual heritage of Elizabethan England, via a heavily centred research of the connection among the perform of non secular song and the advanced technique of Protestant identification formation. listening to used to be of important value within the early smooth interval, and track was once the most favourite, strong and emotive components of spiritual worship. yet largely, conventional old narratives of the English Reformation were surprisingly tone deaf. contemporary scholarship has all started to take expanding realize of a few components of Reformed musical perform, equivalent to the congregational making a song of psalms in meter. This e-book marks an important develop in that quarter, combining an realizing of thought as expressed in modern non secular and musical discourse, with a close research of the perform of church tune in key websites of non secular worship. Divided into 3 sections - 'Discourses', 'Sites', and 'Identities' - the ebook starts off with an exploration of the classical and non secular discourses which underpinned sixteenth-century understandings of song, and its use in non secular worship. It then strikes directly to an research of the particular perform of church track in parish and cathedral church buildings, sooner than transferring its awareness to the folk of Elizabethan England, and the ways that track either served and formed the tricky technique of Protestantisation. via an exploration of those concerns, and through reintegrating song again into the Elizabethan church, we achieve an multiplied and enriched realizing of the complicated evolution of non secular identities, and of what it truly intended to be Protestant in post-Reformation England.

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