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How the English Reformation silenced a noisy, generous way of life

But we shouldn't all turn back to Rome

By Giles Fraser   May 2017

A lithograph showing Martin Luther burning the papal bull of excommunication. Photo: N.Y. : Published u. printed by H. Schile, 36 Division St. c1874.

“That’s my wine,” Eamon Duffy teased, as I mistakenly sipped from his glass. “First you pinch our churches, now you pinch my wine.” This won’t be a conventional review of Duffy’s exciting new collection of essays on the Reformation—or reformations, as he prefers. Not least because after having read a few chapters of this fabulous book, I was so buzzing with questions and ideas that…

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