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Dissolution of the Monasteries

No idea about the debate, but the clear winner in my bleg for a good readable account of Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries was Eamon Duffy’s Stripping of the Altars. Five readers recommended it. Duffy’s book looks to have an anti-Reformation tilt, but that’s OK—any book on this topic is going to lean one way or another. Duffy looks like a real scholar, who can write; that’s what I was looking for.

Runner-up, recommended by two readers: J.J. Scarisbrick, either Henry VIII or The Reformation and the English People (one vote each).

Other suggestions:

Many thanks to all who contributed. I shall start with Duffy, then see if I want to go further.

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