The voices of Morebath by Eamon Duffy

The voices of Morebath by Eamon Duffy – Reformation and rebellion in an English village – is the second book I read by this author, with Fires of faith being reviewed in 2019. I enjoyed the book. It is about a small village in England at the time of the Reformation. The priest of Morebath, Sir Christopher Trychay, kept detailed records for the parish between 1520 and 1574, and these records are the base for this book.

The voices of Morebath by Eamon Duffy

While it might seem that some records kept by the parish are not enough to offer a glimpse into the everyday life of the people living in that village, in fact it does just that. In this village only 33 families lived in Morebath in that period and I think it’s stayed the same, by looking on Google maps. The Reformation arrived and changed their lives. It is a fascinating way to look at how what was supposed to be a religious change affected other aspects of everyday life for the priest, and, of course, for the whole community.

I read this book for university and it was lovely. I do recommend it. The only issue, for which I gave the book 4 stars, is that Duffy used long quotes and most of them are both in old English, before giving the modern version. While it would have been interesting to keep one or two if some readers were curious, having long quotes and repeated was a bit distracting. It is a personal opinion and others might like this approach.

The voices of Morebath by Eamon Duffy

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My rating: 4/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Yale University Press
Year it was published: 2001
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): History
Pages: 208

About the author: Eamon Duffy is Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge.
He is a Catholic and specializes in 15th to 17th century religious history of Britain. He presented the BBC Radio 4 series “10 Popes Who Shook the World” – those popes featured were Peter, Leo I, Gregory I, Gregory VII, Innocent III, Paul III, Pius IX, Pius XII, John XXIII, and John Paul II.
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