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By Robert C. Palmer

Within the years of increasing kingdom authority following the Black demise, English universal legislation authorized the leasing of parishes through their rectors and vicars, who then pursued pursuits in different places and left the parish within the regulate of lay lessees. yet a chain of statutes enacted through Henry VIII among 1529 and 1540 successfully lowered such clerical absenteeism. Robert Palmer examines this change of the English parish and argues that it was once an immense a part of the English Reformation.

Palmer analyzes an in depth set of information drawn from universal legislation documents to bare a full of life and potent attempt through the laity to implement the hot statutes. encouraged by way of either monetary and standard beliefs, the litigants made the economic actions of leaseholding and purchasing for resale and revenue the specific area of the laity and bought the facility to manage the clergy. in line with Palmer, those parish-level reformations presaged and complemented different tasks of the crown that experience lengthy been thought of vital to the reign of Henry VIII.

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