The impact of the Reformation in Westminster 1547–62
in The social world of early modern Westminster
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The mid-Tudor years had brought dramatic change to Westminster, involving substantial jurisdictional upheavals and the removal and subsequent revival of many central institutions and rituals of parish life. The death of Henry VIII heralded important changes in Westminster. Most strikingly this was a period of major religious change, in stark contrast to the piecemeal changes of Henry's reign. In a few short years, the Edwardian Reformation imposed dramatic changes upon parishes throughout England. The death of Edward VI and the accession of his Catholic sister Mary meant the reversal of many changes introduced during the Protestant king's reign. Westminster could hardly be unaware, of the tumultuous changes that the Marian succession brought in its wake, especially with the Westminster Abbey providing a striking focus for restored Catholic enthusiasm in the area, and a model for parishioners of conservative religious sentiments.

The social world of early modern Westminster

Abbey, court and community 1525–1640

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