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President: Mr James Puxley, Lord-Lieutenant of Berkshire

Chairman: Professor Ralph Houlbrooke

General Editor: Dr Peter Durrant


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Reading St Laurence Churchwardens' Accounts 1498-1570

Part II - Accounts 1536-1570 and Inventories

Edited by Joan Dils

Published by Berkshire Record Society in 2013

ISBN: 978 0 9573937 1 4

The wonderfully detailed churchwardens' accounts of St Laurence, Reading, offer a vivid insight into the impact of the Reformation on a local parish, as successive governments moved the country from Catholic to Protestant, back to Catholic (under Mary) and finally to Protestant under Elizabeth. The accounts are supplemented by three detailed pre-Reformation inventories showing the riches in books and vestments that the church then possessed.

Contents

CHURCHWARDENS' ACCOUNTS, 1536-1570 1
INVENTORIES 175
Appendix I: Churchwarden, 1498-1570 211
Appendix II: Biographies of some churchwardens and others 214
Glossary 221
Bibliography 235
Index of personal names 237
Index of places 264
Index of subjects 269