The Social History of confession in the Age of the Reformation

  title={The Social History of confession in the Age of the Reformation},
  author={John Bossy},
  journal={Transactions of the Royal Historical Society},
  pages={21 - 38}
  • J. Bossy
  • Published 1 December 1975
  • History
  • Transactions of the Royal Historical Society
When I offered to read a paper on this subject, I had a particular hypothesis in mind. I thought—perhaps it would be more honest to say, I hoped—it would be possible to show that, during a period roughly contemporaneous with the Reformation, the practice of the sacrament of penance in the traditional church had undergone a change which was important in itself and of general historical interest. The change, I thought, could roughly be described as a shift from the social to the personal. To be… 

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