Report on the Carmarthen Conference GLANMDR WILLIAMS On Saturday 15 September 1989 the Editorial Board of the Journal of Welsh Ecclesiastical History organised a valuable one-day conference at Trinity College, Carmarthen. About forty people gathered to hear three excellent talks on various aspects of Reformation history. Though varied in subject and approach all three lectures were uniformly first-rate in subject and approach. The first speaker, Dr J A Guy of Bristol University, took as his subject "The Reformation Revisited" and embarked on a remarkably comprehensive and brilliant broad survey of recent trends in the history of the Reformation in England. He pointed out the shift of recent emphasis from theology to sociology and drew attention to the growing realisation that the Reformation was far from complete in England by 1559. Two especially fascinating highlights in the talk were that the process of Reformation change may have been "fast from above", as imposed by monarchs and their governments, but was "slow from below" in the reception accorded to it by ordinary people in many parts of the kingdom. Equally absorbing was the suggestion that the limited resources at Elizabeth I's disposal meant that her bishops, in their reforming activities, were obliged to resort to a large measure of "private enterprise". The Revd David Selwyn of St David's University College, Lampeter, the second speaker, in his paper on "The Search for Religious Consensus in the Reign of Edward VI", delivered a closely argued and well structured exposition of a more limited but highly significant theme. He was concerned with contemporary attitudes among the English bishops towards one of the central issues of debate in Edward VI 's reign the nature of the eucharist. He examined with great precision the reactions of leading clergymen on both sides of the religious divide towards the work relating to the Lord's Supper which is preserved in two manuscripts one in the Corpus Christi Collection at Cambridge and the other in the Bodleian Library at Oxford. Crucial in all this were the subtle changes in the attitude of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer towards the real presence from what might be described as a Lutheran to a Bullingerian point of view. This was an impressively scholarly and thoughtful paper. Canon Wyn Evans of Trinity College Carmarthen ended the conference with a lively, well-researched and entertaining account of the more interesting aspects of the Reformation as it affected St Davids Cathedral. He brought out some very interesting points