Urban Oligarchy, Conflict and Concealment: Religion, Politics and Society in late 16th-Century Bath

By Emma Croker

Issue 20, Autumn, 2009 pp.16-22.

The Reformation of English towns has provided an attractive field of research for scholars 
in recent decades, yet Bath’s Tudor experience has been persistently overlooked. In the late sixteenth century two events disturbed the religious and social equilibrium of the city: the attempted amalgamation of the inner-city parishes, and an inquisition into alleged concealed lands. These events had profound immediate and long-term social, political and religious repercussions. In this article, Emma Croker highlights the significance of these events, which have often been overlooked by those interested in Reformation history.  

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