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The Last Divine Office: Henry VIII and the Dissolution of the Monasteries (Hardcover)

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Exploring the enormous upheaval caused by the English Reformation and the Dissolution of the Monasteries, this vivid new history draws on long-forgotten material from the recesses of one of the world's greatest cathedrals--the great Benedictine Durham Priory, now the Anglican Durham Cathedral. Once a bastion of the Benedictine monks in the north of England, the Priory was dissolved after nearly 500 years on the orders of King Henry VIII in 1539, in his quest to separate the church in England from its headquarters in Rome. This illuminating guide to religious history and its social and political contexts, seen through the arches of one of England's most celebrated cathedrals, examines the devastating economic and spiritual consequences of the Dissolution, revealing how one of history's most effective and chilling apparatus of plunder and ruin erased the orders of monks and nuns that had served some 650 monastic religious houses in England and Wales.

About the Author

Geoffrey Moorhouse is the author of 19 books, including the Thomas Cook Award-winning "To the Frontier" and the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize finalist "Sun Dancing."

Praise For…

"This rich study . . . is partly about the triumph of modernity . . . over medieval values of tradition and sacredness. But as it mourns what was lost in the English Reformation, Moorhouse's absorbing account takes stock of what was not."  Publishers Weekly

"This admirable study looks at the transformation of England's religious life during those upheavals of the 1530s . . . Moorhouse . . . respects his subject and pays scrupulous attention to detail . . . first-rate."   Library Journal

"Geoffrey Moorhouse has written an absorbing, detailed and scrupulously fair account of this English revolution. . . . He makes clear what was lost, and how vile the means of the government often were."  The Guardian

"One of the most lucid and graphic accounts I have read of the opening stages of the English Reformation."  The Spectator

"This is a superb book. . . . The story Moorhouse tells with his customary  elegance is a harrowing one."  The Independent

"One of the best writers of our time."  The Times

"[An] elegant narrative."  Boston Globe

Product Details
ISBN: 9781933346182
ISBN-10: 1933346183
Publisher: BlueBridge
Publication Date: April 1st, 2009
Pages: 304
Language: English