A History of the English Parish: The Culture of Religion by N. J. G. Pounds

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By N. J. G. Pounds

So much writings on church historical past were involved in most cases with church hierarchy, and with theology, liturgy and canon legislations. This ebook seems on the church ''from below,'' from the bottom stratum of its organization--the parish--in which the church development is visible because the parishioners' handiwork, and as a mirrored image of neighborhood pop culture. The booklet discusses in flip the starting place and improvement of parishes, their functionality, and the church textile that embodied the aspirations of parishioners.

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The first invasion of the south-east came less than two generations after the withdrawal of the legions. Christianity is unlikely to have disappeared in so short a time; indeed, there is strong evidence to the contrary. At the very least, cult sites may have continued through this period to have attracted some kind of superstitious veneration, ‘to be kindled back into flame with the advent of       the Roman mission and the Irish evangelists’. So did the invaders encounter residual groups of Christians?

The territory of another, or detached portions of one parish encompassed within another. All such features may denote fragments of a parochia which had broken away to form a separate parish co-terminous with the lands of a secular lord. It must not be assumed that every patronal church was founded as such by its patron. The evidence is unclear, but it is likely that any field church, bereft of the support of its minster or mother-church, might be taken under the wing of a secular lord and made into his patronal church.

C. Hanson, Leicester, , –. The invaders had barely reached the West Country when Augustine and his fellow monks landed on the coast of Kent and made their way to the court of Æthelberht, the kinglet who ruled the Cantii from the old Roman city of Canterbury – Cantiacorum Durovernum. Here he met with immediate success, which is all the more surprising in view of the fact that he found no surviving groups of Christians, nor churches on which to build. He was himself created archbishop by the pope, and in turn established subordinate sees at Rochester and London.

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