The Archaeology of Post-Medieval Religion

King, Chris and Sayer, Duncan orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-2769-1281 (2011) The Archaeology of Post-Medieval Religion. The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology Monograph, 6 . Boydell and Brewer, Woodbridge. ISBN 9781843836933

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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.


Section title
Section author
David Gaimster
Conflict, Community and Custom: The Material Remains of Post-Medieval Religion
Chris King and Duncan Sayer
Disjoynet, dismemberit and disuneited. Church-building and Re-drawing 19 Parish Boundaries in Post-Reformation Scotland: A Case Study of Bassendean, Berwickshire
Andrew Spicer
Was Original Best? Refitting the Churches of the Diocese of Le Mans 1562–1598
Philippa Woodcock
The ‘Third Sacrament’: Lutheran Confessionals in Schleswig (Northern Germany)
Matthias Range
Romantic Anachronisms? Chantry Chapels of the 19th Century
Simon Roffey
‘Strangers in a Strange Land’: Immigrants and Urban Culture in Early Modern Norwich
Chris King
Expressions of Conformity: Identifying Huguenot Religious Beliefs in the Landscape
Greig Parker
Chapels and Landscape in Cornwall
Jeremy Lake with Eric Berry and Peter Herring
Church and Chapel: Focal Points in Welsh and Manx Landscapes
Harold Mytum
‘But Deliver Us From Evil’: Popular Protest and Dissent in the South-West 165 Woollen Industry c. 1760–1860
Claire Strachan
Meetinghouses of Puritan New England: The Transatlantic Passage, 1630−1800
Peter Benes
The Organization of Post-Medieval Churchyards, Cemeteries and Grave Plots: 199 Variation and Religious Identity as seen in Protestant Burial Provision
Duncan Sayer
The Hidden Material Culture of Death: Coffins and Grave Goods in Late 18th- 215 and Early 19th-Century Sheffield
Diana Mahoney-Swales, Richard O’neill and Hugh Willmott
Nonconformist Identities in 19th-century London: Archaeological and Osteological 233 Evidence from the Burial Grounds of Bow Baptist Chapel and the Catholic Mission of St Mary and St Michael, Whitechapel
Natasha Powers and Adrian Miles
The General Baptists of Priory Yard, Norwich
Anwen Cedifor Caffell and Rachel Clarke
Maidens’ Garlands: A Funeral Custom of Post-Reformation England
Rosie Morris

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