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5.0 out of 5 stars Great all round guide, 12 May 2005
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This review is from: Mass and Parish in Late Medieval England: The Use of York (Paperback)
Trying to understand medieval religion is hard enough, but most books and articles assume a level of general knowledge about how the Mass featured in society that if you lack, you'll never get to grips with the detail. This book is aimed at everyone, from the interested amateur church historian, to specialists in liturgy, religion and even music. The best things in this book are the clear accounts of how the Mass featured in daily life in the late Middle Ages (using York as a case study), and there are dozens of maps, diagrams and photographs to illustrate these elements. The authors represent a mix of historians, heritage specialists, musicians and those who work in the church, and all bring their special knowledge and enthusiasm to their particular chapter. There is a full text of the Mass as it would have been celebrated in late medieval York churches at the end of the volume - in Latin but with full textual translations of the service. If you have read Eamon Duffy's 'Stripping of the Altars', this is a perfect accompaniment that really brings the medieval parish to life on the eve of the Reformation.
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Mass and Parish in Late Medieval England: The Use of York by P.S. Barnwell (Paperback - 15 April 2005)
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