It has become something of a truism among sixteenth-century historians that attitudes to death and commemoration underwent radical change in the course of the Reformation. However, there is still debate about the precise chronology and impact of these changes. It has also become something of a truism among Welsh historians that Wales was slow and even reluctant at first to accept the changes of the Reformation. However, while there seems little evidence of discontent in early sixteenth-century Wales with what the late medieval church had to offer, and little or no evidence of enthusiasm for change, there is also little evidence of overt opposition to the changes of the 1530s and 1540s. Evidence of tomb carvings, bequests for prayer and commemorative poetry suggests that Wales, often considered backward, may in fact have been in advance of continental thinking on the value of post-mortem intercession and the ‘Renaissance’ cult of fame.
|Number of pages||29|
|Journal||The Welsh History Review|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2012|