By John McCallum

The Protestant Reformation of 1560 is extensively said as being a watershed second in Scottish historical past. despite the fact that, while the antecedents of the reform stream were generally explored, the particular strategy of setting up a reformed church within the parishes within the a long time following 1560 has been principally overlooked. This ebook is helping treatment the location by means of reading the root of the reformed church and the effect of Protestant self-discipline within the parishes of Fife. In early glossy Scotland, Fife was once either a different and critical sector, containing a preponderance of coastal burghs in addition to St Andrews, the ecclesiastical capital of medieval Scotland. It additionally contained many rural and inland parishes, making it an excellent case examine for analysing the process spiritual reform in diversified groups. however, the focal point is at the Reformation, instead of at the county, and the ebook continuously locations Fife's event within the wider Scottish, British and ecu context. in keeping with a variety of under-utilised assets, specifically kirk consultation mins, the study's concentration is at the grass-roots spiritual lifetime of the parish, instead of the extra usual issues of church politics and theology. It evaluates the luck of the reformers in affecting either institutional and ideological swap, and offers a close account of the workings of the reformed church, and its impression on traditional humans. In so doing it addresses very important questions concerning the timescale and geographical styles of reform, and the way such dramatic spiritual switch succeeded and persevered with no violence, or certainly, common opposition.

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