Bullett, Margaret (2011) The Reception of the Elizabethan Religious Settlement in Three Yorkshire Parishes, 1559 - 1572. Northern history: a review of the history of the North of England., 48 (2). pp. 225-252. ISSN 0078-172X

This article explores how the Elizabethan religious settlement of 1559 was experienced at parish level, up to the year 1572. Churchwardens’ accounts for the Yorkshire parishes of Masham, Sheffield and St Martin’s, Coney Street, York, are used alongside ecclesiastical court records and other sources to build a picture of local responses to the settlement. The factors found to be significant include the degree to which the reforms demanded a change in previous community practices, and the pace and sequence with which sacred material objects were removed and installed. The latter are viewed as concrete aspects of religiosity which gave meaning to more abstract doctrines for both clergy and laity. The way in which authority was realised in the parishes, through coercion, collaboration, negotiation or conversion is also explored. Most significantly, the ability of lay parishioners to negotiate among themselves, and with external agents of authority during the process, determined the resulting style of local Protestantism.

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