Going to Church in Medieval England Nicholas Orme

Publication date:
27 Jul 2021
Yale University Press
496 pages: 235 x 156mm
51 color illus. + 8 maps
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An engaging, richly illustrated account of parish churches and churchgoers in England, from the Anglo-Saxons to the mid-sixteenth century

Parish churches were at the heart of English religious and social life in the Middle Ages. In this comprehensive book, Nicholas Orme shows how they came into existence, how they were staffed, and how their buildings were used. He investigates who went to church, or did not, and what they experienced in the daily and weekly services, the seasons of the year, and the great events of their lives. Much of this, the author reveals, survived the Reformation in the sixteenth century.

Nicholas Orme is Emeritus Professor of History at Exeter University. He has written more than thirty books on the religious and social history of England, including Medieval Children, Medieval Schools, Medieval Pilgrimage, and The History of England’s Cathedrals.

'Alert throughout to change across time, the complexities of sources, and the variety of past experience, Nicholas Orme has written a wonderful book. With great clarity and insight, he captures the human and material reality of quotidian Christian worship across the middle
Ages.’—John H. Arnold, author of Belief and Unbelief in the Middle Ages

‘Drawing on both surviving churches and contemporary literature and attentive to gender, status, and geography, Orme explores what ordinary men and women saw, heard, and expe-rienced when they attended church.’—Katherine L. French, Professor of History, University of Michigan

‘What actually happened in a medieval church? What was medieval worship like? Turn to this book, and you'll find answers to all the questions you’ll ever ask.’—Professor Nigel Saul, author of Richard II 

‘For many years Nicholas Orme has been enlightening readers with incisive appreciations of the religious and social institutions of medieval England. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this study brings home to readers the reality of formal Christian witness as experienced by England’s medieval parishioners.’—Dr Roger Bowers, University of Cambridge