By Margaret Harvey
Even supposing non secular lifestyles in medieval Durham used to be governed via its prince bishop and priory, the laity flourished and performed a huge function within the affairs of the parish, as Margaret Harvey demonstrates. utilizing various assets, she presents an entire account of its historical past from the Conquest to the Dissolution of the priory, with a selected emphasis at the fourteenth and 15th centuries. She exhibits how the laity interacted vigorously with either bishop and priory, and the family among them, with the priory offering faculties, hospitals, chantries and usual sermons, but in addition appearing as a disciplinary strength. On a much wider point, she additionally seems on the entire query of lay faith and what may be came across approximately it. She finishes via an exam of neighborhood reactions to the Reformation.
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