By Katherine L. French
The parish, the bottom point of hierarchy within the medieval church, used to be 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, felony 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 was once 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 bills through lay churchwardens of daily parish actions. They show the diversities among parishes inside of a unmarried diocese that can not be attributed to neighborhood edition. by utilizing those documents exhibit to the diversity and variety of overdue medieval parish lifestyles, and a Christianity brilliant sufficient to deal with adjustments in prestige, wealth, gender, and native priorities, French refines our knowing of lay attitudes towards Christianity within the centuries prior to the Reformation.