By Andrew Brown

ISBN-10: 033369144X

ISBN-13: 9780333691441

ISBN-10: 0333691458

ISBN-13: 9780333691458

What influence did the Church have on society? How did social switch impact spiritual perform? in the context of those wide-ranging questions, this learn deals a clean interpretation of the connection among Church, society and faith in England throughout 5 centuries of change.

Andrew Brown examines how the lessons of an more and more 'universal' Church decisively affected the spiritual lifetime of the laity in medieval England. even if, via exploring a large diversity of spiritual phenomena, either orthodox and heretical (including company faith and the devotional practices surrounding cults and saints) Brown exhibits how a ways lay humans persevered to form the Church at a neighborhood level.

In the palms of the laity, spiritual practices proved malleable. Their expression used to be laid low with social context, prestige and gender, or even inspired by means of these in authority. but, as Brown argues, faith didn't functionality easily as an expression of social energy - hierarchy, patriarchy and authority can be either served and undermined by way of faith. In an age within which social mobility and upheaval, quite within the wake of the Black demise, had profound results on spiritual attitudes and practices, Brown demonstrates that our figuring out of past due medieval faith might be firmly positioned inside of this context of social change.

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