By Katherine L. French

The parish, the bottom point of hierarchy within the medieval church, was once the shared accountability of the laity and the clergy. such a lot Christians have been baptized, went to confession, have been married, and have been buried within the parish church or churchyard; additionally, company, criminal settlements, sociability, and leisure introduced humans to the church, uniting secular and sacred issues. In The humans of the Parish, Katherine L. French contends that past due medieval faith used to be participatory and versatile, selling other forms of non secular and fabric involvement.

The wealthy parish documents of the small diocese of bathtub and Wells contain wills, court docket files, and certain money owed through lay churchwardens of daily parish actions. They show the variations among parishes inside of a unmarried diocese that can not be attributed to neighborhood version. through the use of those files express to the diversity and variety of past due medieval parish existence, and a Christianity vivid sufficient to deal with alterations in prestige, wealth, gender, and native priorities, French refines our realizing of lay attitudes towards Christianity within the centuries sooner than the Reformation.

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