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Cornwall and the Cross: Christianity 500-1560 England's Past for Everyone

by Nicholas Orme

Cornwall and the Cross: Christianity 500-1560 England's Past for Everyone Synopsis

Cornwall's place-names and churches are unique. They commemorate an enormous number of local and little-known saints, such as St Austell, St Ives, and St Just. This book explains how this came about, how Cornwall came to be Christian after the end of the Roman Empire, and how its religious history developed through the Middle Ages and into the Reformation. Every aspect of Christian life is covered: the early Church, the effects of the English and Norman Conquests, the foundation of monasteries and friaries, and the history of the parish churches. There is a full account of the Reformation in Cornwall, showing what was swept away and what survived. The book is about people. It probes the identity of the early Cornish saints and explains the daily life of monks, friars, and parish clergy, also highlighting their substantial contribution to the Church outside Cornwall. The author emphasises the positive role played by lay people. Far from being passive onlookers in pews, they were involved in appointing clergy, building and running parish churches, founding chapels, forming guilds, going on pilgrimages, and staging religious plays. Celtic or Catholic? This book explores Cornwall's religious history as a whole, and shows how the Cornish developed distinctive traditions while fully sharing in the Christianity of western Europe.

Cornwall and the Cross: Christianity 500-1560 England's Past for Everyone Press Reviews

The Christian faith in Cornwall is more than fifteen hundred years young and it could not have a more dedicated, learned and attractive writer to help us all to be aware of the heritage which is ours. -- The Rt Revd William Ind, Bishop of Truro

Book Information

ISBN: 9781860774683
Publication date: 1st September 2007
Author: Nicholas Orme
Publisher: Phillimore & Co Ltd an imprint of The History Press Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 208 pages
Categories: Christianity,

About Nicholas Orme

Nicholas Orme is Emeritus Professor of History at Exeter University and an Honorary Canon of Truro Cathedral. He has written nearly twenty books on the hisotry of the Church and society in England, and in Cornwall in particular.

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