The Shaping of a Community: The Rise and Reformation of the English Parish c.1400–1560

1st Edition

Beat A. Kümin

Routledge
Published January 4, 1996
Reference - 376 Pages
ISBN 9781859281642 - CAT# Y241762
Series: St Andrews Studies in Reformation History

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Summary

This book offers a new perspective to the current debate about popular religious attitudes in Tudor England, laying particular emphasis on the social and secular dimensions of parish life. The argument focuses on the role of the laity and especially on the office of churchwarden. It assesses the rising levels of parish income, the importance of the social context for fund-raising strategies, and the growing expenditure on priests, voluntary activities and administrative duties. The final part discusses the Reformation-related reduction in religious options and the intensifying trend towards oligarchical parish regimes and official local government responsibilities. Wherever possible, the English situation is put into sharper focus by comparisons with local ecclesiastical life on the Continent and appendices provide a detailed financial analysis for a large number of parishes.

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