Reformation and Society in Guernsey

Reformation and Society in Guernsey

D.M. Ogier


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Changes in Guernsey's religious practices replace the traditional Catholic polity with Calvinist discipline, to the benefit of the old elite, but at the expense of social cohesion.
The Channel Islands, situated between France and England, have always been exposed to the influences of both countries, and have resolved these potentially conflicting pressures in unique and interesting ways. Dr Ogier's study of events in Guernsey between 1540 and 1640 explores changes which took place on the island as Catholicism was replaced by Calvinism, imposed by a series of commissions appointed by the English government during the reign of Elizabeth. The changes in society which resulted are carefully charted, showing how, as the old Catholic forms of social organisation were replaced by the disciplinarian approach of the Calivinist regime — Protestant pastoral care replacing the former Catholic fraternities — the island's old elite contrived to retain control, to their own financial advantage but at the cost of the loss of the Calvinist dream and the development of an increasingly divided island society. Dr D.M. OGIERgained his Ph.D. at the University of Warwick.

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January 1997
7 line illustrations
239 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780851156033
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
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An authoritative account of the Reformation in a very special, tightly-knit community. Dr Ogier's work is exactly the kind of close-up study which the historian of sixteenth-century religion now requires. Professor J.J. SCARISBRICK The establishment in the Channel Islands of Presbyterian churches on strict Genevan lines is one of the oddities of Elizabethan history... a valuable and intriguing examination of Calvinism in a particular context. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW