Thursday, November 10, 2011

Some Resources on The Dissolution of the Monasteries

If you've heard my interview on the Dissolution of the Monasteries this morning on the Son Rise Morning Show, here are some resources:

Geoffrey Moorhouse wrote this book on the Dissolution, focused on what happened at Durham. He also wrote The Pilgrimage of Grace: The Rebellion that Shook Henry VIII's Throne. More information on that book here.

Dom David Knowles' Bare Ruined Choirs is another great resource, adapted from his three volume study of monasteries in England.

In my article in OSV's The Catholic Answer Magazine, I reference two novels: H.F.M. Prescott's The Man on a Donkey and Robert Hugh Benson's
The King's Achievement. Benson's is particularly evocative as it focuses on a family experiencing division and conflict over the dissolution: one brother suppresses both this sister's convent and his brother's monastery (Lewes Priory).

Of course, I dedicate a section of Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation to the dissolution and uprising against it.

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