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The Plain Man's Pathways to Heaven
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The Plain Man's Pathways to Heaven: Kinds of Christianity in Post-Reformation England, 1570–1640

Christopher Haigh

Abstract

What did ordinary people believe in post-Reformation England, and what did they do about it? This book looks at religious belief and practice through the eyes of five sorts of people: godly Protestant ministers, zealous Protestant laypeople, the ignorant, those who complained about the burdens of religion, and the Catholics. Based on 600 court and visitation books from three national and twelve local archives, it cites what people had to say about themselves, their religion, and the religions of others. How did people behave in church? What did they think of church rituals? What did they do on ... More

Keywords: post-Reformation England, religious belief, religious practice, Protestants, Catholics, court records, parish complaints

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199216505
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216505.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Haigh, author
University Lecturer in Modern History, Christ Church, University of Oxford
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Contents

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PART I ‘THEOLOGUS, A DIVINE’: THE PREACHER AND HIS PEOPLE

PART II ‘ASUNETUS, AN IGNORANT MAN’: KNOWLEDGE AND NEGLECT

PART III ‘PHILAGATHUS, AN HONEST MAN’: THE PROFESSORS AND THE PROFANE

PART IV ‘ANTILEGON, A CAVILLER’: LIBERTY AND LAUGHTER

PART V POPERY AND OTHER ENEMIES