By N. J. G. Pounds
So much writings on church historical past were involved more often than not with church hierarchy, and with theology, liturgy and canon legislation. This publication seems to be on the church ''from below,'' from the bottom stratum of its organization--the parish--in which the church construction is visible because the parishioners' handiwork, and as a mirrored image of neighborhood pop culture. The ebook discusses in flip the beginning and improvement of parishes, their functionality, and the church textile that embodied the aspirations of parishioners.
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The reasons were diverse. The church emphasised in its teaching that life on earth was precarious and that salvation could be assured only by its ministrations and prayers.
The bishops with their cathedrals were but the uppermost tier in a hierarchical structure which evolved in the seventh and eighth centuries. The cathedral was the ‘head-minster’. 61 Although the word derives from monasterium (monastery), they were not houses of monks as these were later conceived. Instead they were small communities which did not as a general rule live a common life, but spent much of their time in the ﬁeld, preaching the faith and ministering to the faithful.
He equated the Domesday ‘vill’ with the nucleated village of the later Middle Ages and early modern times. He recognised that there had been change; that some villages had decayed and even disappeared, while others had come into existence. But overall he assumed that where the earliest sheets of the Ordnance Survey showed a clustered village there had also been a clustered vill at the time of Domesday. In this he was wrong. The pattern of nucleated villages which covers much of Midland England was not the creation of the Anglo-Saxon invaders.