Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Trade in Yours
For a £0.25 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Tell the Publisher!
I’d like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Cornwall and the Cross: Christianity, 500-1560 [Paperback]

Nicholas Orme
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
RRP: £14.99
Price: £11.81 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
You Save: £3.18 (21%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 1 Nov.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details
Trade In this Item for up to £0.25
Trade in Cornwall and the Cross: Christianity, 500-1560 for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £0.25, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Book Description

1 Sep 2007
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. ?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

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Phillimore & Co Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860774687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860774683
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

About the Author

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.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
4.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Succinct Overview 10 Dec 2007
'Cornwall and the Cross' is a short but welcome overview of a topic inadequately described in the past. Indeed, Cornish medieval history as a whole has received insufficient writing that is both credible, objective and popularly available.

Source data is limited, and since antiquarian times interpretation have been offered that are not always easy to justify. In contrast Nicholas Orme provides a studied and evidence-based approach, avoiding speculation. It may surprise some to learn how many cherished views derive from late medieval hagiography or poorly supported assertions.

Orme gives a minimum of political and social context in which to situate his overview. His remarks are largely directed at the fabric of the church and its institutions, focusing on `what' than `why', which in a book of 166 pages is probably an essential discipline.

The length, probably an editorial constraint, does not give scope for Orme's considerable scholarship. There is more that could and should be said. Medieval Cornwall is a fascinating and important world which we should strive to understand and celebrate. For those interested in hagiography I recommend Orme's 'The Saints of Cornwall'. For those starting to explore Christianity in Cornwall I recommend 'Cornwall and the Cross'. The main body text provides a succinct overview, and the bibliography and endnotes are an invaluable reference.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insights into Medieval church history 23 Dec 2007
Cornwall and the Cross is a paperback book of 198 pages which comes from a well-known academic stable. Research is up-to-date and rigorous: the author has made many new discoveries in archive collections across the British Isles. For this alone researchers into medieval history should be extremely grateful.

The book is arranged chronologically in six chapters. Early, middle, and later middle ages cover the periods 500-1100, 1100-1300 and 1300-1500 and two chapters are devoted to the last, better-documented, period. The Reformation comes after this and is followed by a concluding chapter: 'Cornwall: Heir of the Ages'. This looks at whether the church was Celtic or Catholic and at the medieval achievement overall. There are also five panels on key Cornish themes: St Piran (his flag with its distinctive cross appearing on the back cover), monasteries, friars, devotion to Jesus, and the Prayer Book Rebellion of 1549.

Clergy feature large, as might be expected. The contribution of Cornish clergymen to the wider church is also covered. Cornwall was part of the culture of medieval Europe - indeed a 14th century priest, John Trevisa, promoted the English language, while remaining proud of his Cornish roots. It is salutary to remember that for half the period of this study Cornwall was part of the Diocese of Exeter.

Unusually, for an academic book, Cornwall and the Cross is copiously illustrated. Professionally taken colour photographs of church buildings and manuscripts abound and great care has been taken in their selection. The artistic flowering of Cornwall in the late middle ages is particularly apparent in panel 4 which features a recently restored stained glass window at St Kew. This is a book that can be read in many ways: via the text, pictures and maps, or even the index. It is also a taster to a more detailed and eagerly awaited Victoria County History of Cornwall study of the Cornish church due to appear in 2008.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent popular survey 10 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This colour-illustrated paperback covers just what its title implies, from the first incursions of Celtic missionaries to the start of the Elizabethan settlement. It explains things in a very clear way and doesn't assume knowledge of technical terms that a more academic book might. If you're not sure of the difference between a secular canon and a mendicant friar or a Friary and a Collegiate Church and you want to know more about the cradle of English Christianity, this book is for you...
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category