Gilds in the Medieval Countryside: Social and Religious Change in Cambridgeshire c.1350-1558 - Studies in the History of Medieval Religion v. 10 (Hardback)Virginia R. Bainbridge (author)
Hardback 189 Pages / Published: 20/11/1997
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This study focuses on religious gilds or fraternities in both the densely settled shire and the sparsely populated fens of Cambridgeshire, from their apparent proliferation in the mid-fourteenth century to their dissolution under Edward VI in 1558, in order to examine social and religious change during the period. Gilds reflected the social hierarchies of their communities, exerting social control and fostering mutual charity in life and commemoration after death; they also made a substantial contribution to the religious and economic life of the parish. Dr Bainbridge examines lay responses to changing devotional and doctrinal patterns through the returns to the 1388-9 survey of religious gilds and surviving gild records; wills, manorial records, poll-tax returns and letters patent supply further information. Dr VIRGINIA R. BAINBRIDGE teaches at the St Hilda's College, Oxford.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 189
Weight: 445 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 13 mm
Places the fraternities in context, analysing their role in social and religious life... A useful addition to the published work on gilds, and adds to the expanding historiography of pre-Reformation East Anglia. JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY OF ARCHIVISTS BR> Informative survey... fulfills a long-standing need for a detailed study of English rural gilds... an informative examination. SPECULUM A valuable , succinct appraisal of the [gild as] institution and an examination of its many functions... Expands our understanding of the function and place of the religious/social gild in medieval English rural society. ALBION The scope of this book is much wider than its modest size and title might suggest... an eloquent, readable and scholarly work. HISTORY
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