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A History of the English Parish : The Culture of Religion from Augustine to Victoria - N. J. G. Pounds

A History of the English Parish

The Culture of Religion from Augustine to Victoria

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Published: 29th January 2004
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Most writings on church history have been concerned mainly with church hierarchy, and with theology, liturgy and canon law. This book looks at the church 'from below', from the lowest stratum of its organisation - the parish - in which the church building is seen as the parishioners' handiwork and as a reflection of local popular culture. The book discusses in turn the origin and development of the system of precisely-defined parishes, their function - in terms of economics and personnel - and the church fabric which embodied the aspirations of parishioners, who saw the church more as an expression of their cultural and social hopes than as the embodiment of their faith. The book ends with the failure of the parish to meet all of its obligations - social, governmental and religious - from the late eighteenth century onwards.

'Professor Pounds's illuminating history ... is rewarding reading for anybody interested in local history or church architecture ... as an account of the evolution of the parish it is hard to see how it could be better.' Country Life '... a full, proficient and readable guide to work that is voluminous and often disparate, and will be welcomed as an introduction to this important subject'. The English Historical Review 'Pounds draws on the most recent research and adds much of his own.' Times Higher Education Supplement 'This book is a magisterial account ... of the history of the parish from its earliest beginnings to the modern period ... invaluable and accessible ... a book to be treasured and enjoyed ... this book will become a universal classic without which no library large or small, amateur or professional, will be complete.' Landscapes 'A compendious but clearly organised account of the religious and secular functions of the parish.' Northern History 'As a history of the English parish Pounds' is indeed encyclopaedic. As a work of reference it will prove invaluable, and its concern with the materiality of religion makes it also a work of great relevance to archaeology.' Medieval Archaeology

List of illustrations
Abbreviations
The Origins of the Parochial System
Church and parish
Rectors and vicars
The bounds of the parish
The urban parish
The Functions of the Parish
The parish and its servants
The economics of the parish
The community and the parish
The parish and the church courts
The parish and popular culture
The Parish and its Church
The parish: its church and churchyard
The fabric of the church: the priest's church
The people's church
Postscript
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521633512
ISBN-10: 0521633516
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 620
Published: 29th January 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 18.9  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 1.09