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Secondary Works in English

This is a select start-up bibliography for scholars interested in late medieval and early modern parishes. It is divided into ‘parish-focused studies’ (secondary literature dealing directly with parishes) and ‘parish-related studies’ (written on other main themes, but containing substantial information on parishes). It can never be complete and additions are always welcome.

Please note that works in other languages, printed primary materials and digital resources may also be relevant for specific regions/communities.

Parish Chest

The medieval parish chest of Bishop’s Cleeve, Glos (Photo: BK)

Parish-Focused Studies

Alexander, Jenny; Monckton, Linda, ‘”Excellent, new and uniforme yn work”: the church of St Mary in Nottingham’, Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire 118 (2014), 1-22

Arasaratnam, S., ‘Reverend Philippus Baldaeus: His Pastoral Work in Ceylon, 1656-65′, Ceylon Journal of Historical and Social Studies 3 (1960), 27-37

Avon Dassett Local History Group (ed.), A Chronicle of Avon Dassett (2013)

Barbour, Ruth, 'Catholic Warwick', Archdiocese of Birmingham Historical Commission 20 (Warwick, 2009)

Barnwell, P. S., ‘The Laity, the Clergy and the Divine Presence: The Use of Space in Smaller Churches of the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries’, Journal of the British Archaeological Association 157 (2004), 41–60

" , ‘Churches Built for Priests? The Evolution of Parish Churches in Northamptonshire from the Gregorian Reform to the Fourth Lateran Council’, Ecclesiology Today 32 (2004), 7–23

" , ‘The Use of the Church: Blisworth, Northamptonshire, on the Eve of the Reformation’, Ecclesiology Today, 35 (2005), 43-62

" , ‘Low side windows: ventilating a 170-year old controversy’, Ecclesiology Today 36 (2006), 49-76

" ; Cross, C.; and Rycraft, A. (eds), Mass and Parish in Late Medieval England: The Use of York (Reading, 2005)

" ; and Pacey, A. (eds), Who Built Beverley Minster? (Reading, 2008)

" (ed.), Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland, 1150–1350, Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment (Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2018) [detailsLink opens in a new window]; idem (ed.), Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland, 1350-1550, Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 8, Donington, Shaun Tyas, 2019 and Paul Barnwell and Trevor Cooper (eds), Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland, 1550-1689, Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 10 (Donington, Shaun Tyas, 2019)

Contents of 1550-1689 volume: Kenneth Fincham, 'The Protestant Church and its churches'; John Harper, 'Liturgy and music during the decades of change, c.1550-c.1690'; Ian Atherton, 'Adapting cathedrals to the Reformation in Britain: a story in five buildings'; Trevor Cooper, 'The interior planning of the English parish church, 1559-c.1640'; Anthony Geraghty and Mark Kirby, 'Rebuilding the City churches after the Great Fire of London: the case of All Hallows the Great, Thames Street'; William Roulston, 'Places of worship of the Established Church in Ireland, 1550-1689'; Richard Oram, 'The Temple purged: Scottish churches, c.1525 to 1690'; Christoper Wakeling, '"How amiable are thy tabernacles": Nonconformists’ places of worship'; Sharman Kadish, 'Synagogues: Jews in medieval England and after the Readmission of 1656'; Paul Barnwell, 'Conclusion: Reformations and Re-Formations'

Barron, C., ‘The parish fraternities of medieval London’, in: idem; C. Harper-Bill (eds), The Church in Pre-Reformation Society (1985), 13-37

Bauwens, Michal, ‘Parish Studies and the Debates on Religious Life in the Low Countries (Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period)’, in: History Compass 13 (2/2015), 64-77 [abstract; DOI 10.1111/hic3.12215]

" , 'Conflict, Community and Catholic Restoration: The Parish of St James in Ghent between 1560 and 1600' (PhD University of Ghent, 2020)

Beaver, D., Parish Communities and Religious Conflict in the Vale of Gloucester 1590-1690 (1998)

Beaver, D., ‘Parish Communities, Civil War, and Religious Conflict in England’, in: R. Po-chia Hsia (ed.), A Companion to the Reformation World (Oxford, 2003), ch. 19

Bernstein, Meg (ed.), Towards an Art History of the Parish Church 1200-1399 (London: Courtauld, 2021) [contents, with open access]

Bettey, J., Church and Parish: An Introduction for Local Historians (1987)

Beyer, Jürgen, ‘Donations by strangers to Lutheran churches during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries’, in: Journal of Social History 47 (2013-14), 196–221 (e-access)

Bijsterveld, A.-J., ‘Reform in the parishes of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century North Brabant’, in: B. Kümin (ed.), Reformations Old and New (1996), 21-38

Black, C., ‘Confraternities and the parish in the context of Italian Catholic reform’, in: J. P. Donnelly and M. W. Maher (eds), Confraternities and Catholic Reform in Italy, France and Spain (Kirksville, 1999)

Blair, J. (ed.), Minsters and Parish Churches: The Local Church in Transition 950-1200 (1988)

Boulton, J., ‘Welfare systems and the parish nurse in early modern London, 1650-1725′, Family & Community History 10 (2/2007), 127-51

Bowdler, Richard, Churchyards (Britain's Heritage, 2019)

Bowman, William D., Priest and Parish in Vienna, 1780-1880 (Leiden, 1999)

Brittain-Catlin, T., The English Parsonage in the Early Nineteenth Century (Reading, 2008)

Broadhead, P. J., ‘Public worship, liturgy and the introduction of the Lutheran Reformation in the territorial lands of Nuremberg’, in: English Historical Review 120 (2005), 283-8

Brooke, F. J., ‘Parish and Cofradía in Eighteenth-Century Mexico’ (PhD Princeton University, 1976)

Brown, Sarah, 'Patronage and Piety in a Late Medieval English Parish: Reading Fairford Church and Its Windows', Journal of Glass Studies 56 (2014)

Brüning, Alfons, ‘Social Discipline among the Russian Orthodox Parish Clergy (17th-18th century). Normative ideals, and the practice of parish life,’ in Cahiers du Monde Russe 58 (3/2017), 303-340

Burgess, C., ‘“For the increase of divine service”: chantries in the parish in late medieval Bristol’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 36 (1985), 46-65

" , ‘Pre-Reformation churchwardens’ accounts and parish government: lessons from London and Bristol’, English Historical Review 471 (2002), 306-32

" , 'The Right Ordering of Souls': The Parish of All Saints' Bristol on the Eve of the Reformation, Studies in the History of Medieval Religion (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2018) [publisher information]

" ; Duffy, E. (eds), The Parish in Late Medieval England, Harlaxton Medieval Studies Vol. XIV (Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2006)

" ; B. Kümin, ‘Penitential bequests and parish regimes in late medieval England’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 44 (4/1993), pp. 610-30

" ; Sally Badham, 'Com­memoration of the Dead in the Late Me­dieval English Parish: an Overview', Church Archaeology 16 (2012), 45-63

Byng, Gabriel, 'The construction of the tower at Bolney church', Sussex Archaeological Collections 151 (2013), 101-13

" , ‘The Contract for the North Aisle at the Church of St James, Biddenham’, The Antiquaries Journal 95 (2015), 251-265

" , Church Building and Society in the Later Middle Ages (Cambridge, 2017)

" , '"In common for everyone": shared space and private possessions in the English parish church nave', Journal of Medieval History 45 (2/2019), 231-53 [abstract]

Campbell, William H., The Landscape of Pastoral Care in Thirteenth-Century England (Cambridge, 2017)

Campos, Maria Amélia, ‘Coimbra's parochial network: aspects of its definition in the 12th century’, in: Hermínia Vasconcelos Vilar & Maria João Branco (eds), Ecclesiastics and political state building in the Iberian monarchies, 13th-15th centuries (2016), 246-58

Capp, B., ‘Life, love and litigation: Sileby in the 1630s’, Past & Present 182 (2004), 55-83

Carlson, Eric, ‘The origins, function and status of the office of churchwarden with particular reference to the diocese of Ely’, in: M. Spufford (ed.), The World of Rural Dissenters 1520-1725 (Cambridge, 1995), 164-207

Ciappara, Frans, ‘The Financial Condition of Parish Priests in Late Eighteenth-Century Malta’, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 53 (2002)

” ,, ‘“Una Messa in Perpetuum”: Perpetual Mass Bequests in Traditional Malta, 1750-1797’, Catholic Historical Review 91 (2/2005), 278-99

” , ‘Parish Priest and Community in Eighteenth-Century Malta: Patterns of Conflict’, Journal of Early Modern History (2006)

” , ‘”Who’s the Master Here?” The Parish Community in Early Modern Malta’, The Catholic Historical Review 94 (4/2008), 671-94

” , ‘Trent and the Clergy in Late Eighteenth-Century Malta’, Church History 78 (2009), 1-25

” , ‘Religion, kinship and godparenthood as elements of social cohesion in Qrendi, a late eighteenth-century Maltese parish’, Continuity and Change 25 (2010), 161-84

” , ‘Parish Priest and Confraternity: Conflict at the Parish Church of St Catherine’s in Zejtun Malta, 1769-1801′, in: Confraternitas 23 (1/2012), 3-14

” , Mikiel Anton Vassalli (1764-1829): An Enlightened Maltese Reformer (Malta, 2014), esp. ch. 1: ‘Vassalli’s parish’ [a survey of Maltese popular religion in the late eighteenth-century parish of St Philip's, Zebbug]

” , The Social and Religious History of a Maltese Parish: St Mary’s Qrendi in the Eighteenth Century (Malta: Malta University Press, 2014)

Cocke, T. H., ‘Northamptonshire Towers and Spires’, in J. Bold and E. Cheney (eds), English Architecture Public and Private (London, 1993), pp 1–11

Collins, J., ‘The church settlement of Oliver Cromwell’, History 87 (2002), 18-40

Comerford, Kathleen M., Reforming Priests and Parishes: Tuscan Dioceses in the First Century of Seminary Education (Leiden, 2006)

Cook, G., The English Medieval Parish Church (1954)

Cooper, T.; Brown, S. (eds), Pews, Benches & Chairs: Church Seating in English Parish Churches from the Fourteenth Century to the Present (2011)

Cornish-Dale, C., 'A History of the Collegiate Church of Wimborne Minster and the Parish Corporation, Written in 1657', in: Southern History 38 (2016)

" , 'The Receivers' Accounts of the Governors of Wimborne Minster, 1574-1640', in: Somerset and Dorset Notes and Queries (autumn 2017)

Corpis, D., ‘Losing One’s Place: Memory, History, and Space in Post-Reformation Germany’, in: Lynne Tatlock (ed.), Enduring Loss in Early Modern Germany (Leiden, 2010), 327-367 [on the relationship between the Lutheran St Ulrich church and the adjacent abbey in early modern Augsburg]

Cowan, I. B., ‘The development of the parochial system in medieval Scotland’, in: Scottish Historical Review 40 (1961), 43-55

Cowan, I. B., The Parishes of Medieval Scotland (Edinburgh, 1967)

Cowan, I. B., ‘Vicarages and the cure of souls in medieval Scotland’, in: Records of the Scottish Church History Society 16 (1967), 111-27

Cowley, P., The Church Houses (1970)

Cox, J. C., Churchwardens’ Accounts from the 14th to the Close of the 17th Century (1913)

Craig, J., ‘Co-operation and initiatives: Elizabethan churchwardens and the parish accounts of Mildenhall’, Social History 18 (1993), 357-80

Craig, J., ‘Forming a Protestant Consciousness? Erasmus’ Paraphrases in English Parishes, 1547-1666’, in H. Pabel and M. Vessey (eds), Holy Scripture Speaks: Studies in the Production and Reception of Erasmus’ Paraphrases on the New Testament. (Toronto: UP, 2002), 313-358

Craig, J., ‘Psalms, Groans and Dogwhippers: the soundscape of sacred space in early modern England’ in W. J. Coster and A. Spicer (eds), Sacred Space (Cambridge: UP, 2005)

Craig, J., ‘Parish religion’, in: S. Doran and N. Jones (eds), The Elizabethan World (London, 2010), chap. 13

Davidson Cragoe, Carol, ‘The custom of the English Church: parish church maintenance in England before 1300’, Journal of Medieval History 36 (2010), 20-38

De Langen, G. J. and J. A. Mol, 'Church Foundation and Parish Formation in Frisia in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries. A Planned Development?', in: The Medieval Low Countries 4 (2017), 1-56

Della Misericordia, Massimo, 'United and divided. Tithes and the production of community identity in the valleys of Lombardy in the late middle ages', SOCIETÀ E STORIA 165 (2019), 457-470

Dincă, Adinel, ‘Churchwardens and their Accounts in Transylvania, Fourteenth to Sixteenth Centuries: A Preliminary Assessment’, in: I. Epurescu-Pascovici (ed.), Accounts and Accountability in Late Medieval Europe: Records, Procedures, and Socio-Political Impact, Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy 50 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2020), 273-303 [includes appendix of 131 documentary references to churchwardens / vitrici 1359-1560]

Dixon, S., The Reformation and Rural Society: The Parishes of Brandenburg-Ansbach-Kulmbach 1528-1603 (1996)

Donohoe, Róisín, ‘Locating Childbirth Devotion in the English Parish Church, 1450–1580’, in: The Historical Journal 66 (4/2023), 725-745

Drew, C., Early Parochial Organisation: The Origins of the Office of Churchwarden (1954)

Duffy, E., The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village (2001)

Dymond, D., The Business of the Suffolk Parish, 1558-1625 (Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, 2018)

Farnhill, K., Guilds and the Parish Community in Late Medieval East Anglia (2001)

Fawcett, R., 'The medieval parish church: architecture, furnishings and fittings', in: C. Gerrard and A. Gutiérrez (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Later Medieval Archaeology in Britain (Oxford, 2018), pt. VII

Ferrari, M.; Kümin, B. (eds), Pfarreien in der Vormoderne: Identität und Kultur im Niederkirchenwesen Europas, Wolfenbütteler Forschungen 146 (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2017) [features contributions in four languages, including essays by Robert Swanson on the late medieval English parish and by Magnus Williamson on parish music; publisher informationLink opens in a new window]

Fletcher, D., ‘The parish boundary: a social phenomenon in Hanoverian England’, in: Rural History 14 (2003), 177-97

Foster, A., ‘Churchwardens’ accounts of early modern England and Wales. Some problems to note, but much to be gained’, in: French et al. (eds), Parish in English Life, 74-93

" , 'What happened in English and Welsh parishes c.1642-1662?: a research agenda', in: McCall, Fiona (ed.), Church and People in Interregnum Britain (London, 2021), 19-39

Frankforter, A., ‘Episcopal administration of parishes in late medieval England’, Catholic History Review 63 (1977), 204-24

Freeze, G. L., ‘The disintegration of traditional communities: The parish in eighteenth-century Russia’, Journal of Modern History 48 (1976), 32-50

French, K. L., The People of the Parish: Community Life in a Late Medieval English Diocese (2001)

” , The Good Women of the Parish: Gender and Religion after the Black Death, Middle Ages Series (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007)

” , ‘Rebuilding St. Margaret’s: Parish Involvement and Community Action in Late Medieval Westminster’, in: Journal of Social History 45 (2011), 148-71

” , 'Localized Faith: Parochial and Domestic Spaces', in: J. H. Arnold (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity (Oxford, 2014), 166-182

" and Gary Gibbs, ‘The Poor, the Pious, and the Privileged: Toward a Social and Cultural Topography of Parish Participation in Late Medieval London’, in: David Harry & Christian Steer (eds), The Urban Church in Late Medieval England (Donnington: Shaun Tyas, 2019), 380-96

” ; Gibbs, G.; Kümin, B. (eds), The Parish in English Life 1400-1600 (Manchester, 1997)

Friedman, Terry, The Georgian Parish Church: Monuments to Posterity (Reading, 2004)

Fröjmark, Anders, ‘The Church on the Local Level: Parish and Community in Medieval Linköping Bishopric’ (2015) [extended English version of his ‘Medeltidsmänniskan och kyrkan’, Kalmar Iän: Årsbok för kulturhistoria och hembygdsvård 81 (1996-97), 19-29; includes a bibliography and a transcription of a letter of indulgence granted to a Swedish parish church in 1467]

Gelting, Michael H., ‘Between Prince and Peasant – the Ambiguous Role of the Parish Community in Fourteenth-Century Maurienne’, in: T. Iversen et al. (eds), Bauern zwischen Herrschaft und Genossenschaft (Trondheim, 2007), 109-31

Gibbs, Gary G., Five Parishes in Late Medieval and Tudor London: Communities and Reform (London: CRC Press, 2019) [publisher info]

Gibson, Robert W., ‘The English Parish Church: Its Relationship to the Heritage Visitor Attraction Market’ (PhD Nottingham, 2004) [ Abstract, Tables & Contents]

Giles, Kate, ‘Marking Time? A fifteenth-century liturgical calendar in the wall paintings of Pickering parish church, North Yorkshire’, in: Church Archaeology 4 (2001)

" , The Wall Paintings of Pickering Church: Their Discovery, Restoration and Meaning (Saun Tyas, 2022) [flyer]

Goh, Robbie B. H., ‘Churches’, in Stephen Harrison, Steve Pile and Nigel Thrift (eds.), Patterned Ground: Entanglements of Nature and Culture (Trowbridge: Reaktion, 2004), pp. 160-161

Goodall, John, Parish Church Treasures: The Nation’s Greatest Art Collection (London: Bloomsbury, 2015) [Publisher Information]

Gordon, Andrew, 'The paper parish: the parish register and the reformation of parish memory in early modern London', in: Memory Studies 11 (1/2018)

Gordon, Bruce, ‘The new parish’, in: R. Po-chia Hsia (ed.), A Companion to the Reformation World (Oxford, 2003), ch. 24

Graves, C. P., ‘Social space in the English medieval parish church’, in: Economy and Society 18 (1989), 297-322

Graves, C. P., Form and Fabric of Belief: The Archaeology of Lay Experience in Medieval Norfolkand Devon (Oxford: BAR British Series 311, 2000)

Grosjean, A.; Murdoch, S., Belhelvie – A Millenium of History (2001)

Gunderson, Joan R., The Anglican ministry in Virginia, 1736-1766: a study of a social class(New York & London, 1989)

Gutton, J.-P., ‘Confraternities, curés and communities in rural areas of the diocese of Lyons under the Ancien Régime’, in: K. von Greyerz (ed.), Religion and Society in Early Modern Europe (London, 1984), 202-11

Hacke, Daniela, ‘Church, space and conflict: Religious co-existence and political communication in seventeenth-century Switzerland’, in: German History 25 (3/2007), 285-312

Hamberg, P. G., Temples for Protestants: Studies in the Architectural Milieu of the Early Reformed Church and of the Lutheran Church (Gothenburg, 2002)

Hardy, Marion, ‘The Seasonality of Marriages and Baptisms in some Devon Seafaring Parishes’, in: Local Population Studies 106 (1/2021), 5-26

Harper, Sally; Barnwell, P. S.; Williamson, Magnus (eds), Late Medieval Liturgies Enacted: The Experience of Worship in Cathedral and Parish Church (London: Routledge, 2016) [publisher information]

Harris, Maureen, ‘The “Captain of Oliver’s Army” and the Wixford Catholics: Clerical/lay conflict in South Warwickshire, 1640-1674′, in: Warwickshire History XVI (4/2015-16), 170-86

Harry, David; Steer, Christian (eds), The Urban Church in Late Medieval England, Essays from the 2017 Harlaxton Symposium in Honour of Clive Burgess, Harlaxton Medieval Studies Volume XXIX (2019)

Hartdagan, Gerald E., ‘The Anglican vestry in colonial Maryland: a study in corporate responsibility’, Historical Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church 40 (1971)

Harvey, David C., ‘Territoriality, parochial development, and the place of “community” in later medieval Cornwall’, in: Journal of Historical Geography 29 (2003), 151-65

Hayman, Richard, Rood Screens (Shire Publications, 2018)

Heath, P., The English Parish Clergy on the Eve of the Reformation(1969)

Hewlett, C., Rural Communities in Renaissance Tuscany. Religious Identities and Local Loyalties (Turnhout, 2009), esp. part II: ‘Rural parish communities and Florentine patrons’

Hiljanen, Mikko, ‚Limits of power: Clerical appointment as part of domestic policy in Sweden after the Reformation 1560-1611‘, in: Perichoresis 13 (2/2015), 35-55

Hindle, S., On the Parish? The Micro-Politics of Poor Relief in Rural England c. 1550-1750 (2004)

Hindle, S., ‘Beating the bounds of the parish: power, memory and identity in the English local community, c. 1500-1700′, in: Halvorson and Spierling (eds), Defining Community, 205-27

Hitchman, V., Omnia bene or ruinosa? The Condition of the Parish Churches in and around London and Westminster c. 1603-1677 (VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, 2009)

Hitchman, V. & Foster, A. (eds), Views from the Parish: Churchwardens’ Accounts c.1500-c.1800 (Cambridge: Scholars Publishing, 2015) [publisher information] [Extracts: Contents, Introduction]

Foreword / Kenneth Fincham
Introduction / Andrew Foster and Valerie Hitchman
The economic impact of the Reformation on two Canterbury parishes / Sheila Sweetinburgh
London parish records and parish studies / texts, contexts, and debates over approapriate materials / Gary G. Gibbs
Counting communities, counting cultures : problems and progress with early modern churchwarden's accounts in western England and Wales / Katharine K. Olsen
Churchwardens' accounts and the confessional state in Ireland, c. 1660-1750 / Toby Barnard
Early modern churchwardens' accounts in Ireland / Evie Monaghan
Vermin, churchwardens and support for the parish poor / Christopher Webb
The public sphere and the parish pump : finding politics in the churchwardens' accounts, 1639-1643 / John Walter
Music and religious identity in Elizabethan London : the value (and limitations of the churchwardens' accounts / Jonathan Willis
Afterword : voices from the pews / Joan Dils
Appendix I. Canons of the Church of England relating to the work of churchwardens --
Appendix II. What advice was available to churchwardens on their duties? --
Appendix III. Labour and building costs in southeast England during the seventeenth century

Horsler, Val (ed.), Shakespeare’s Church: A Parish for the World, with a foreword by Dame Judy Dench and an introduction by Professor Jonathan Bate (London, 2010)

Hughes, Ann, 'The Accounts of the Kingdom’: Memory, Community and the English Civil War', in: Past & Present 230, supplement 11 (2016), 311-29 [on parish returns in Commonwealth Exchequer papers]

Hutton, Graham; Smith, Edwin, English Parish Churches (Boston, 1953)

Hutton, R., ‘The local impact of the Tudor Reformations’, in: C. Haigh (ed.), The English Reformation Revised (1987)

Janson, C., ‘Public places, private lives: The impact of the Dutch Revolt on the Reformed churches in Holland’, in: A. K. Wheelock and A. Seeff (eds), The Public and Private in Dutch Culture of the Golden Age (Newark, 2000), 191-205

Jones, P., ‘Parish, seigneurie and the community of inhabitants in southern central France during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries’, in: Past and Present 91 (1981), 74-108

Kain, R. J.P.; Oliver, R. R. (eds), Historic Parishes of England and Wales: An Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata (Colchester : History Data Service, UK Data Archive, 2001; with CD-Rom) [review by Michael Turner]

Kaufmann, Lucy M., ‘Ecclesiastical improvements, lay impropriations and the building of a post-Reformation Church in England, 1560-1600’, The Historical Journal 58 (1/2015), 1-23

" , A People’s Reformation: Building the English Church in the Elizabethan Parish (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2022)

Kent, J., ‘The centre and the localities: state formation and parish government in England, c. 1640-1740’, Historical Journal 38 (1995), 363-404

Kilbey, Maggie, Music-making in the Hertfordshire Parish, 1760-1870Link opens in a new window (University of Hertfordshire Press, 2020)

Kingdon, R. M., ‘Protestant parishes in the Old World and the New: The cases of Geneva and Boston’, Church History 48 (1979)

Kitching, C., ‘Church and chapelry in sixteenth-century England’, in: D. Baker (ed.), The Church in Town and Countryside (1979), 279-90

Kroesen, Justin E. A.; Steensma, Regnerus, The interior of the medieval village church. Het middeleeuwse dorpskerkinterieur (2004)

Kuha, Miia, 'Popular religion in the periphery: Church attendance in 17th century Eastern FinlandLink opens in a new window', in: Perichoresis 13 (2/2015), 17-33

Kuiken, Kees, Rural Salvation Markets: Medieval Memoria in Dutch Village Parishes, Historia Agriculturae 49 (Groningen, 2019) [publisher information]

Kümin, B., The Shaping of a Community: The Rise & Reformation of the English Parish c. 1400-1560 (1996)

” , ‘The English parish in a European perspective’, in: French et al (eds), Parish in English Life, 15-32

” , ‘Voluntary religion and Reformation change in eight urban parishes’, in: P. Collinson and J. Craig (eds), The Reformation in English Towns (London, 1998), pp. 175-189, 280-284, 311-312

” , ‘Masses, morris and metrical psalms. Music in the English parish c. 1400-1600’, in: Fiona Kisby (ed.), Music and Musicians in Renaissance Cities and Towns (2001), pp. 70-81

” , ‘Late medieval churchwardens’ accounts and parish government: Looking beyond London and Bristol’, English Historical Review 119 (2004), 87-99

” , ‘Oral and written communication in the late medieval English parish’, in: Jan Marco Sawilla and Rudolf Schlögl (eds), Medien der Macht und des Entscheidens: Schrift und Druck im politischen Raum der europäischen Vormoderne, The Formation of Europe 5 (Hannover: Wehrhahn, 2014), 67-81 [publisher information]

" , ‘Parish religion in late medieval and Reformation England: The evidence from churchwardens’ accounts’, in: Andrea Tilatti and Roberto Alloro (eds), Redde rationem: Contabilità parrocchiali tra medioevo e prima età moderna, Quaderni di Storia Religiosa XXI (Caselle di Sommacampagna: Cierre edizioni, 2016), 231-248 [Series homepageLink opens in a new window / publisher informationLink opens in a new window] [abstract]

" , ‘Parish churches’ (December 2022), The Digital Encyclopedia of British Sociability in the Long Eighteenth Century [online], ISSN 2803-2845 [Accessed on 14/12/2022]

" and Felicita Tramontana, 'Catholicism decentralized: Local religion in the early modern periphery', in: Church History 89 (2/2020), 268-287 [free to share versionLink opens in a new window]

Kůrka, Pavel B., ‘(Self-)Administration of Prague Parishes in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries’, in: Zdeněk V. David and David R. Holeton (eds), The Bohemian Reformation and Religious Practice 5/2 (Prague, 2005), 353–8

Kuys, J., ‘Churchwardens’ Accounts and Parish Finances in the Netherlands during the Late Middle Ages’, in: M. De Smet, J. Kuys, P. Trio (eds), Processions and Church Fabrics in the Low Countries during the Late Middle Ages (Courtrai, 2006), 93-107

Langley, C., 'Parish Politics & Godly Agitation in Late Interregnum Scotland', in: Church History 90 (2021)

Legon, Ed, ‘Sadler Saddled: Reconciliation and Recrimination in a Restoration Parish’, in: The English Historical Review 136 (582/2021), 1164–1192

Lloyd, David; Clark, Margaret; Potter, Chris, St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow: The Parish Church and People 1199-2009 (Almeley: Logaston Press, 2010)

MacCulloch, D.; Bletchly, J., ‘Pastoral provision in the parishes of Tudor Ipswich’, Sixteenth Century Journal 22 (1991), 457-74

Markkola, Pirjo, ‘The long history of Lutheranism in Scandinavia: From state religion to the people’s churchLink opens in a new window’, in: Perichoresis 13 (2/2015), 3-15

B. Marsh, ‘Lodging the Irish: an examination of parochial charity dispensed in Nottinghamshire to refugees from Ireland, 1641-1651’, Midland History 42 (2017), 194-216 [winner of 2016 essay prize]

Marsh, C., ‘“Common Prayer” in England 1560-1640: The view from the Pew’, Past and Present 171 (2001), 66-94

Marsh, C., ‘Sacred space in England 1560-1640: The view from the Pew’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 53 (2002), 286-311

Marsh, C., ‘Parish church music: the rise of “the singing psalms”‘ and ‘Parish church music: Bells and their ringers’, in his Music and Society in Early Modern England(Cambridge, 2010), chs 8-9

Martin, J.; Ryrie, A. (eds), Worship and the Parish Church in Early Modern Britain (Farnham, 2013)

Mason, E., ‘The role of the English parishioner 1100-1500’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 27 (1976)

McAndrew, J., The Open-Air Churches of Sixteenth-Century Mexico (Cambridge MA, 1965)

McCallum, John, Reforming the Scottish Parish: The Reformation in Fife 1560-1640 (Farnham, 2010) [review]

McKay, D., ‘Parish life in Scotland 1500-1560’, in: D. McRoberts (ed.), Essays on the Scottish Reformation 1513-1625 (1962)

Mentzer, Raymond, Sin and the Calvinists: Morals Control and the Consistory in the Reformed Tradition (1994)

Mihalik, Béla Vilmos, ‘The Making of a Catholic Parish in Eighteenth-Century Hungary: Competing Interests, Integration, and Interference’, Hungarian Historical Review 10 (4/2021), 675–705

" , ‘Parish Priests and Communities in the Diocese of Eger in the Mid-18th Century’, in Gunda Barth-Scalmani et al. (eds.), Forschungswerkstatt: Die Habsburgermonarchie im 18. Jahrhundert (Bochum: Verlag Dieter Winkler, 2012) 127-141

Miller Renberg, Lynneth, Women, Dance and Parish Religion in England, 1300-1640: Negotiating the Steps of Faith (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2022) [publisher information]

Nelson, John K, A blessed company: Parishes, parsons & parishioners in Anglican Virginia, 1690-1776 (Chapel Hill, 2001)

Nelson, E., ‘The parish in its landscape: Pilgrimage processions in the Archdeaconry of Blois 1500-1700′, French History 24 (2010), 318-40

Nelson Burnett, Amy, Teaching the Reformation: Ministers and their Message in Basel 1529-1629 (Oxford, 2006)

Nicholls, Angela, ‘”A convenient habitation fit for Christians to dwell in”: Parish housing for the poor in seventeenth-century rural Warwickshire’, in: Warwickshire History XVI (4/2015-16), 156-69

" , Almshouses in Early Modern England: Charitable Housing in the Mixed Economy of Welfare 1550-1725, People, Markets, Goods: Economies and Societies in History (Woodbridge; Boydell Press, 2017) [publisher informationLink opens in a new window] [review by David Hitchcock courtesy of the Economic History Society blog]

Norton, Elizabeth, 'Parish bede rolls during the English Reformation', The Local Historian 1 (48), 19-29 [abstract]

O’Day, R., The English Clergy: Emergence & Consolidation of a Profession 1558-1642 (1979)

Oman, C., ‘Security in English churches 1000-1548’, Archaeological Journal 136 (1979), 90-8

Orlik, Susan, Decorating the Parish Church in Post-Reformation England: Material Culture, Community and Identity in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, 1560–1640 (Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2022) [publisher details & special offer]

Orme, Nicholas, ‘Church and clergy of St Buryan c. 1200-c.1574′, in: Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall (2006), 32-44

Ormord, W., ‘An experiment in taxation: the English parish subsidy of 1371’, Speculum 63 (1988), 58-82

Oss, A. C. van, Catholic Colonialism: A Parish History of Guatemala 1524-1821 (Cambridge, 2002)

Otton-Goulder, C., ‘The Impact of the Reformation on the building and repair of churches in the archdeaconry of the East Riding of Yorkshire 1547-1730’ (D.Phil. Oxford, 2022) [Contents & Introduction; List of Appendices]

Palliser, D., ‘The parish in perspective’, in: Wright (ed.), Parish, Church and People, 5-28

Palmer, R., Selling the Church: The English Parish in Law, Commerce, and Religion 1350-1550 (2002)

Pettegree, A. (ed.), The Reformation of the Parishes (Manchester, 1993)

Phillips, Susan E., “‘Janglynge in cherche’: Pastoral practice and idle talk’, in her Transforming Talk: The Problem with Gossip in Late Medieval England (University Park, 2007), ch. 1

Pitman, Jan, ‘Tradition and parochial officeholding in early modern England: A case study from North Norfolk 1580-1640′, Rural History 15 (2004), 27-45

Platt, C., The Parish Churches of Medieval England (1991)

Postles, David A., ‘Church space and contingency’, in his Social Geographies in England (1200-1640) (Washington, 2007), 175-97

Postles, David A., ‘Micro-spaces: Church porches’, in his Social Geographies in England (1200-1640) (Washington, 2007), 199-222

Pounds, N., A History of the English Parish: The Culture of Religion from St. Augustine to Queen Victoria (1999)

Ptaszyński, Maciej, ‘Widow’s Capital. Pastor’s Widows in the Pomeranian Church at the Turn of the 16th Century’, in: Acta Poloniae Historica 94 (2006), 85-142

Purdy, Jessica G., Reading between the Lines: Parish Libraries and their Readers in Early Modern England, 1558-1709, Library of the Written Word 120 (2024) [based on: 'Parish Libraries and their Readers in Early Modern England, 1558-1709' (PhD thesis, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2021)]

Radford, C. A. Ralegh, 'Pre-conquest minster churches', in: The Archaeological Journal 130 (1973), 120-40

Räihä, Antti, ‘Lutheran clergy in an Orthodox empire: The appointment of pastors in the Russo-Swedish borderland in the 18th centuryLink opens in a new window’, in: Perichoresis 13 (2/2015), 57-75

Range, Matthias, ‘Communal assertiveness and the importance of pastoral care: Flooding and parochial reorganization on the German North Sea coast in the seventeenth century’, in: German History 30 (2012), 22-44

Rasche, Ulrich, 'The early phase of appropriation of parish churches in Medieval England', in: Journal of Medieval History 26 (2000), 213-237

Raymond, Stuart A., Tracing Your Ancestors’ Parish Records: A Guide for Family and Local Historians (Pen & Sword Books, 2015)

Reeks, John, '“The churchwardens have not used to meddle with anie seate”: seating plans and parochial resistance to Laudianism in 1630s Somerset', in: The Seventeenth Century (2017), 1-21 [online versionLink opens in a new window]

" , '"Fair persuasions": The implementation of Laudian altar policy in the diocese of Bath and Wells', in: Reformation 23 (2/2018), 175-190

Rentz, Ellen K., ‘Imagining the parish: Parochial space and spiritual community in late medieval England’ (Ph.D., Columbia University, 2009), now published as Imagining the Parish in Late Medieval England (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2015)

Richmond, H., ‘Outlines of Church Development in Northamptonshire’, in L A S Butler and R K Morris (eds), The Anglo-Saxon Church: Papers on History, Architecture and Archaeology in Honour of Dr H M Taylor, CBA Research Report 60 (London, 1986), pp 176–87

Roffey, S., ‘Reconstructing the English Medieval Parish Church Chantries and Chapels: an Archaeological Approach’, in: Church Archaeology 5/6 (2004), 62-68

Roffey, S., ‘A Social Archaeology of Medieval Parish Church Chapels and Chantries: A Perspective from Southern and Western England’ (PhD Thesis, University of Southampton, 2005)

Roffey, S., ‘Recording the parish church fabric: Objective and subjective approaches to structural analysis’ [e-paper, 2005]

Roffey, S., ‘Constructing a vision of salvation: Chantries and the social dimensions of religious experience in the medieval parish church’, in: The Archaeological Journal 163 (2006), 122-46

Roffey, S., The Medieval Chantry Chapel: An Archaeology (Woodbridge, 2007)

Roffey, S., Chantry Chapels and Medieval Strategies for the Afterlife (Stroud, 2008)

Rosewell, Roger, Medieval Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches (Woodbridge, 2008)

Rosser, G., ‘Parochial conformity and voluntary religion in late medieval England’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 6th ser. 1 (1991), 173-89

Rumsey, A., Parish: An Anglican Theology of Place (SCM Press, 2017) [informationLink opens in a new window]

Sanderson, Margaret H. B., Scottish Curates and Parochial Chaplains 1429-1560, Scottish Record Society New Series (Glasgow, 2016)

Saul, Nigel, Lordship and Faith: The English Gentry and the Parish Church in the Middle Ages (Oxford: UP, 2017) [informationLink opens in a new window]

Schepers, Marjolein, ‘Regulating Poor Migrants in Border Regions: A Microhistory of Out-Parish Relief in Bulskamp, 1768-96’, Rural History 29, 2 (2018) 145-165

" , ‘Should They Stay or Should They Go Now? The Discretionary Character of Poor Relief, Settlement and and Removal in the Low Countries’, BMGN – Low Countries Historical Review 133, 3 (2018) 48-71

Schofield, P., Peasant and Community in Medieval England 1200-1500 (2003)

Scott, H., Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae: The Succession of Ministers in the Parish Churches of Scotland, from the Reformation, A.D. 1560, to the present time (Edinburgh, 1866-71)

Sharpe, Geoffrey R., Historic English Churches: A Guide to their Construction, Design and Features (2011)

Sharpe, Pamela, Population and Society in a East Devon Parish: Reproducing Colyton 1540-1840 (2002)

Signori, Gabriela, ‘Religious Infrastructure: The Parish Church’, in: Aaron Pinnix et al. (eds), Rethinking Infrastructure Across the Humanities, Edition Kulturwissenschaft 290 (Bielefeld: transcript, 2023), 173-80

Siler, William H., ‘The Anglican parish vestry in colonial Virginia’, Journal of Southern History 22 (1956), p. 333.

Smet, Marjan de; Kuys, Jan; Trio, Paul, Processions and Church Fabrics in the Low Countries during the Middle Ages: An Inquiry into Secular Influence on Ecclesiastical and Religious Matters on a Local Urban Level, Prepreints of the Faculty of Arts of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Leuven, 2006)

Smith, Alan, ‘Parish church musicians in England in the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603): An annotated register’, Research Chronicle of the Royal Musical Association 4 (1964), 42-91

Smith, J. T., The Parish (1854)

Snape, Michael, The Church of England in Industrialising Society. The Lancashire Parish of Whalley in the Eighteenth Century (2003)

Snell, K. D. M., Parish and Belonging: Community, Identity and Welfare in England and Wales 1700-1950 (Cambridge, 2006) [review in German]

" , 'Churchyard Closures, Rural Cemeteries and the Village Community in Leicestershire and Rutland, 1800-2010', Journal of Ecclesiastical History 63 (4/2012)

Spaans, J., 'Partakers with the Altar: Church Personnel and the Exploitation of Amsterdam’s Public Churches, 1650-1795', Early Modern Low Countries (e-publication December 2021)

Spaeth, D., The Church in an Age of Danger: Parsons and Parishioners 1660-1740 (2000)

Spicer, A., ‘Iconoclasm and adaptation: The Reformation of the churches in Scotland and the Netherlands’, in: Gaimster and Gilchrist (eds), Archaeology of Reformation, 29-43

Spicer, A., Calvinist Churches in Early Modern Europe (Manchester, 2007)

” (ed.), Lutheran Churches in Early Modern Europe (Farnham, 2012)

” (ed.), Parish Churches in the Early Modern World (Farnham, 2016) [publisher informationLink opens in a new window]

Steensma, R.; Kroesen, J. E. A., The Interior of the Medieval Village Church (2nd edn, 2012) [publisher info]

Strong, Sir Roy, A Little History of the English Country Church (2007)

Sumowski, Marcin, ‘”Pastor et oves” – Parish Priest in Late-Medieval Prussian Town’, Quaestiones Medii Aevii Novae 23 (2018), 343-377

Swanson, R., ‘Standards of livings: parochial revenues in pre-Reformation England’, in: C. Harper-Bill (ed.), Religious Beliefs and Ecclesiastical Careers in Late Medieval England (1991), 151-96

Tackett, T., Priest and Parish in Eighteenth-Century France: Cures in the Diocese of the Dauphine 1750-91 (Princeton, 1977)

Tate, W., The Parish Chest (1969)

Thomas, Samuel S., Creating Communities in Restoration England. Parish and Congregation in Oliver Heywood’s Halifax (Leiden, 2013)

Thomas, Sarah E., The Parish and the Chapel in Medieval Britain and Norway (Woodbridge, 2018) [publisher info; EHR review]

Thompson, Anne, Parish Clergy Wives in Elizabethan England, St Andrews Studies in Reformation History (Leiden: Brill, 2019) [publisher information]

Thomson, Andrew, 'The Clergy of Winchester, England, 1615-1698: A Diocesan Ministry in Crisis', Seventeenth-Century Studies 2 (Lampeter: Mellen Press, 2011)

Tittler, Robert, 'Seats of honour, seats of power: The symbolism of public seating in the English urban community c1560-1620', in: Albion (1992), 205-23

Tolley, B., Pastors and Parishioners in Württemberg during the Late Reformation 1581-1621(1995)

Upton, Anthony Arthur, 'The Parochial Clergy of the Archdeaconry of Coventry c.1500-1600' (PhD Leicester, 2003)

Upton, Chris, The Birmingham Parish Workhouse 1730-1840 (Hatfield, 2019)

Utterback, Kristine T., ‘Worship at the church of your choice? Church attendance in mid-fourteenth-century Barcelona’, Journal of Medieval History 17 (1991), 245-53

Vann Sprecher, T., ‘Community regulation and its effects: the aggressive actions of parishioners against priests and women in Paris, 1483-1505‘, Journal of Medieval History 42 (4/2016), 494-510

Viitaniemi, Ella, 'An Arrogant Arrendator and Conflict in Church Renovations in the Mid-Eighteenth- Century Parish of Kokemäki', in Morality, Crime and Social Control in Europe 1500–1900, eds Olli Matikainen & Satu Lidman. (Helsinki: SKS, 2014) ( paperLink opens in a new window)

“ , ‘Reawaking medieval tradition. The issue of stone churches in eighteenth-century Finland. Kokemäki as case-study’, in Sacred Monuments and Practices in the Baltic Sea Region: New Visits to Old Churches, eds Janne Harjula, Sonja Hukantaival, Visa Immonen, Anneli Randla and Tanja Ratilainen (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017)

Wadell, Brodie, 'Neighbours and Strangers: The Locality in Later Stuart Economic Culture - Social Politics in the Seventeenth-Century Parish', in: F. Williamson (ed.), Locating Agency: Space, Power and Popular Politics (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010)

" , 'The rise of the parish welfare state in England c. 1600-1800', in: Past & Present (online publication 10 October 2021) [abstract & access point]

Wadsworth, Sally, 'The Parish Churches, Cathedral and Corporation of Salisbury: Continuity and Change c. 1480-c. 1650' (PhD thesis University of Birmingham, 2021)

Walter, J., ‘Popular iconoclasm and the politics of the parish in Eastern England 1640-42′, Historical Journal 47 (2004), 261-90

" , 'The public sphere and the parish pump: finding politics in the churchwardens' accounts, 1639-1643', in: Hitchman & Foster (eds), Views from the Parish,

Ware, S., The Elizabethan Parish (1908)

Watson, Alan D., ‘The Anglican parish in royal North Carolina, 1729-1775’, Historical Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church 48 (1979), pp. 303-319

Webb, S. and B., English Local Government: The Parish and the County (1906)

Wells, Emma J., ‘The Arte of Prophecying: Transformative Worship and "Sense"-orship in the English Reformation Parish Church’, in: Salvador Ryan, Samantha Smith and Laura Katrine Skinnebach (eds), Material Cultures of Devotion in the Age of Reformations (c. 2019)

White, Don, ‘Elaborated Woodwork in Devon Churches’, Regional Furniture, XXIV (2010), 121-178

Whiting, Robert, The Reformation of the English Parish Church (2010) [contents] [excerpt from ‘Ritual Requirements’]

Whyte, Nicola, ‘Landscape, memory and custom: parish identities c. 1550-1700’, in: Social History 32 (2007), 166-86

Wickham, Chris, ‘Rural Settlement, Village Identity, and the Parish in the Lucca Plain’, in: idem, Community and Clientele in Twelfth-Century Tuscany (Oxford, 1998), ch. 2

Williamson, Magnus, ‘Liturgical polyphony in the pre-reformation English parish church: A provisional list and commentary’, in: Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle 38 (2005), 1-43

Willis, J. D., ‘”A Pottle of Ayle on Whyt Sonday”: Everyday Objects and the Musical Culture of the Post-Reformation Parish Church’, in: Tara Hamling and Catherine Richardson (eds), Everyday Objects: Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture (Farnham, 2010), 211-220

Winchester, A., Discovering Parish Boundaries (Haverfordwest, 1990)

Winerock, Emily, ‘Churchyard Capers: The Controversial Use of Church Space for Dancing in Early Modern England’, in Jennifer Mara DeSilva (ed.), The Sacralization of Space and Behavior in the Early Modern World (Farnham, 2015)

Woodcock, P., ‘The fortified parish church: Pacification, protection or provocation during the French Wars of Religion?’, French History 24 (2010), 524-49

Wranovix, M. P., ‘Parish priests and their books: Reading, writing and keeping accounts in the late medieval diocese of Eichstätt’ (Ph.D. Yale University, 2007)

Wright, S. (ed.), Parish, Church and People: Local Studies in Lay Religion 1350-1750 (1988)

Wrightson, K., ‘The politics of the Parish’, in: P. Griffiths; A. Fox; S. Hindle (eds), The Experience of Authority in Early Modern England (1996)

Yates, Nigel, Buildings, Faith and Worship: The Liturgical Arrangement of Anglican Churches 1600-1900 (Oxford, 1991)

” , Liturgical Space: Christian Worship and Church Buildings in Western Europe 1500-2000, Liturgy, Worship & Society Series (Aldershot, 2008)


Parish-Related Studies

Adlington, H.; Lockwood, T.; Wright, G. (eds), Chaplains in Early Modern England (Manchester, 2013)

Aldrin, Victor, ‘Prayer in Peasant Communities: Ideals and Practices of Prayer in the Late Medieval Ecclesiastical Province of Uppsala, Sweden’ (PhD, Gothenburg University, 2010) [full text; abstract]

Almbjär, Martin, The Voice of the People? Supplications submitted to the Swedish Diet in the Age of Liberty, 1719–1772 (PhD Umeå, 2016)

Amelang, James S., ‘People of the Ribera: Popular Politics and Neighborhood Identity in Early Modern Barcelona’, in Barbara B. Diefendorf and Carla Hesse (eds),Culture and Identity in Early Modern Europe (1500-1800): Essays in Honor of Natalie Zemon Davis (Ann Arbor, 1993), 119-137

Andrew, Susan, ‘Late Medieval Roof Bosses in the Churches of Devon’ (PhD Plymouth University, 2011) [abstract and full text]

“ , ‘Facing sin: late medieval roof bosses in Ugborough church, Devon’, Ecclesiology Today 51 (January 2015), 3-26

Archer, I., The Pursuit of Stability: Social Relations in Elizabethan London (1991)

Aritonang, J. S.; Steenbrink, K. (eds), A History of Christianity in Indonesia (Leiden, 2008)

Arnold, John H., Belief and Unbelief in Medieval Europe (2005), esp. ch. “Community”

Arkell, T.; Evans, N.; Goose, N. (eds), When Death Do Us Part: Understanding and interpreting the probate records of early modern England (Oxford, 2000)

Badham, Sally, Medieval Church and Churchyard Monuments (Shire Books, 2011)

Bailey, G. A., The Andean Hybrid Baroque: Convergent Cultures in the Churches of Colonial Peru (Notre Dame, 2010)

Bainbridge, V., Gilds in the Medieval Countryside: Social and Religious Change in Cambridgeshire 1350-1558 (1996)

Bangs, J.D., Church Art and Architecture in de Low Countries before 1566 (Kirksville, 1997)

Barr, Beth Allison, ‘Medieval sermons and audience appeal after the Black Death’, in: History Compass 16 (9/2018) [online publication]

Barrow, Julia, The Clergy in the Medieval World. Secular Clerics, Their Families and Careers in North-Western Europa, c. 800-c. 1200 (Cambridge, 2015)

Bárth, Dániel, ‘The Lower Clergy and Popular Culture: Introductory Remarks to a Current Research Project’, Historical Studies on Central Europe 1, no. 1 (2021): 177–212.

" , The Exorcist of Sombor: The Mentality of an Eighteenth-Century Franciscan Friar (New York – London: Routledge, 2020)

Batcock, N., ‘The ruined and disused churches of Norfolk’, in: East Anglian Archaeology 51 (1991)

Baxter, P., Sarum Use: The Ancient Customs of Salisbury (Reading, 2008)

Bellabarba, Marco; Obermair, Hannes; Sato, Hitomi (eds), Communities and Conflicts in the Alps from the Late Middle Ages to Early Modernity, Annali dell’Istituto storico italo-germanico in Trento 30 (Bologna/Berlin, 2015) [contents and availability]

Benedict, P., Rouen During the French Wars of Religion (1981)

Bergin, J., Church, Society and Religious Change in France 1580-1730 (New Haven, 2009)

Birtles, S., ‘Common land, poor relief and enclosure: the use of manorial resources in fulfilling parish obligations, 1601-1834’, in: Past and Present 165 (1999), 74-106

Black, C., Italian Confraternities in the Sixteenth Century (Cambridge, 1989)

” , Church, Religion and Society in Early Modern Italy (2004)

Blair, J. and Pyrah, C. (eds), Church Archaeology: Research Directions for the Future (CBA Research Report 104, 1996)

Blickle, P., ‘Communal Reformation and peasant piety: the peasant Reformation and its late medieval origins’, Central European History 20 (1987), 216-28

Blickle, P., Communal Reformation: The Quest for Salvation in Sixteenth-Century Germany (Atlantic Highlands, 1992)

Blickle, Peter; Ellis, Steven; Österberg, Eva, ‘The commons and the state: Representation, influence, and the legislative process’, in Peter Blickle (ed.), Resistance, representation and community (Oxford, 1997)

Boer, W. de, The Conquest of the Soul: Confessions, Discipline and Public Order in Counter-Reformation Milan (Leiden, 2001)

Bond, E. L., Damned Souls in a Tobacco Colony: Religion in Seventeenth-Century Virginia (Macon, 2001)

Bossy, J., Christianity in the West 1400-1700 (Oxford, 1985)

Brock, Michelle D., Satan and the Scots: The Devil in Post-Reformation Scotland, c.1560-1700 (London: Routledge, 2016) [publisher infoLink opens in a new window]

Brown, A., Popular Piety in Late Medieval England: The Diocese of Salisbury (1995)

Brüning, Alfons, 'Confessionalization in the Slavia Orthodoxa (Belorussia, Ukraine, Russia)? – Potential and Limits of a Western Historiographical Concept,' in Th. Bremer (ed.), Religion and the Conceptual Boundary in Central and Eastern Europe (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2008), 65-96

Bruening, M. W., Calvinism’s first battleground: Conflict and Reform in the Pays de Vaud 1528-59 (Dordrecht, 2005)

Burkhart, Louise, The Slippery Earth: Nahua-Christian Moral Dialogue in Sixteenth-Century Mexico (Tucson, 1989)

Butler, J., Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People (Cambridge MA, 1990)

Buzas, L., Deutsche Bibliotheksgeschichte des Mittelalters (Wiesbaden, 1975), 17-94 (on parish libraries)

Capp, Bernard, ‘The religious marketplace: Public disputations in Civil War and Interregnum England’, English Historical Review CXXIX (536/2013), 47-78

Carlquist, Jonas, ‘The Image of Virgin Mary in Words and Art: Praising the Mother of God in Fifteenth-Century Sweden’, Viator 44 (2013), 283-310

Casey, James, Family and Community in Early Modern Spain: The Citizens of Granada, 1570-1739 (Cambridge, 2006)

Champion, Matthew, Medieval Graffiti. The Lost Voices of England’s Churches (London: Ebury Press 2015) [review]

Chick, Joe, Urban Society and Monastic Lordship in Reading 1350-1600 (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2022) [publisher info; see esp. ch. 4 on 'Religious Life']

Chieffo Raguin, Virginia; Stanbury, Sarah (eds), Women’s Space: Patronage, Place, and Gender in the Medieval Church, SUNY Series in Medieval Studies (Albany, 2005)

Chipps Smith, J., Sensuous Worship: Jesuits and the Art of the Early Catholic Reformation in Germany (Princeton, 2002)

Chittolini, G., ‘Civic religion and the countryside in late medieval Italy’, in: Dean, T.; Wickham, C. (eds), City and Countryside in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy(1990), 69-80

Christian, William, Local Religion in Sixteenth-Century Spain (Princeton, 1981)

Ciappara, Frans, Marriage in Maltain the late eighteenth century, 1750-1800 (Malta, 1998)

Ciappara, Frans, ‘Perceptions of marriage in late-eighteenth-century Malta’, in Continuity and Change 16 (2001), 379-398

Ciappara, Frans, Society and the Inquisition in early modern Malta (San Gwan, 2001)

Ciappara, Frans, ‘Non Gode L’Immunità: Sanctuary in Malta, c. 1740-1828’, European History Quarterly 38 (2008), 227-43

Clark, Elizabeth; Daniels, Robert W. (ed.), People and Piety: Protestant Devotional Identities in Early Modern England (Manchester, 2020) [publisher info]

Cohen, Thomas V., 'Communal thought, communal words, and communal rites in a sixteenth-century village rebellion', in Nicholas Eckstein and Nicholas Terpstra (eds), Sociability and its Discontents: Civil Society, Social Capital, and their Alternatives in late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Leiden, 2009), 23–50

Cohn, Henry J., ‘Jewish self-governing assemblies in early modern Europe’, in: M.H. da Cruz Coelho & M.M. Tavares Ribeiro (eds), Parliaments, the Law and the Representations from the the Middle Ages to the Present Day (Lisbon: Assembleia da Republica, 2010), 87-95

Cohn, S. K., The Cult of Remembrance and the Black Death: Six Renaissance Cities in Central Italy (Baltimore, 1982)

” , ‘Piety and religious practice in the rural dependencies of Renaissance Florence’, English Historical Review 114 (1999), 1121-42

Coleman, David, Creating Christian Granada: Society and Religious Culture in an Old-World Frontier City, 1492-1600 (Ithaca, 2003)

Collinson, P., The Religion of Protestants: The Church in English Society 1559-1625 (1982)

Comerford, K. M., Reforming Priests and Parishes: Tuscan Dioceses in the first Century of Seminary Education (2006)

Cooper, Donal, ‘Access all areas? Spatial divides in the mendicant churches of late medieval Tuscany’, in: F. Andrews (ed.), Ritual and Space (2011), 90-107

Corbett, Tony, The Laity, the Church and the Mystery Plays (Dublin, 2009)

Cordez, P., Treasure, Memory, Nature: Church Objects in the Middle Ages (Turnhout, 2020) [publisher details]

Coster, W.; Spicer, A. (eds), Sacred Space in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge, 2005)

Cowan, Mairi, Death, Life and Religious Change in Scottish Towns c. 1350-1560 (Manchester, 2013)

Crặciun, M., ‘Art, religious diversity and confessional identity in early modern Transylvania’, in: C. S. Dixon et al. (eds), Living with Diversity in Early Modern Europe (Aldershot, 2009), 81-108

" et al. (eds), Prayer Books and Piety in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe / Gebetbücher und Frömmigkeit in Spätmittelalter und Früher Neuzeit (Göttingen, 2023)

Crampin, Martin, Stained Glass in Welsh Churches (Y Lolfa Talybont, 2014) [Flyer]

Cranbrook Journal (kindly shared, copyright remaining with the Cranbrook Museum and Local History Society):

'Cranbrook's Sir Victor Horsley, 1857-1916' by Peter Allen

'Arts and Crafts: artisans' cottages in Cranbrook' by Nick Hayward

'The Boyd Alexander Collection of British Birds' by David Streeter

Curzel, Emanuele, 'Inventories of Movable Assets of Churches in the Late Middle Ages. With Some Examples from the Alpine Area', in: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften 32 (3/2021), 216–225

D’Costa, A., The Christianisation of the Goa Islands 1510-67 (Bombay, 1965)

De Silva, Jennifer Mara (ed.), The Sacralization of Space and Behavior in the Early Modern World (Farnham, 2015)

Della Misericordia, Massimo, ‘Ritual Surveys. Conflict, Articulation, and Composition of Local Societies within the Sacred Sphere in the Lombardy Alps during the Late Middle Ages’, in: M. Bellabarba, H. Obermair, & H. Sato (eds), Communities and Conflicts in the Alps from the Late Middle Ages to Early Modernity (Bologna-Berlin: il Mulino - Duncker & Humblot, 2015), 127-150

Deursen, A. Th. van, Plain Lives in a Golden Age: Popular Culture, Religion and Society in Seventeenth-Century Holland (Cambridge, 1991)

Dewilde, Brecht; Poukens, Johan, ‘Confraternities, Jansenism and the birth of a consumer society in 17th-18th-century Leuven’, in: F. Ammannati (ed.), Religion and Religious Institutions in the European Economy 1000-1800 (Florence, 20012) [online]

Diefendorf, B., Beneath the Cross: Catholics and Huguenots in Sixteenth-Century Paris (1991)

Dixon, S. ; Schorn-Schütte, Luise (eds), The Protestant Clergy of Early Modern Europe (Basingstoke, 2003)

Drummond, A. L., The Church Architecture of Protestantism: An Historical and Constructive Study (Edinburgh, 1934)

Duffy, Eamon, The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England c.1400-1580 (1992)

Duke, A., ‘The Reformation of the backwoods: The struggle for a Calvinist and Presbyterian Church order in the countryside of South Holland and Utrecht before 1620′, in his The Reformation and Revolt in the Low Countries (2003), 227-68

Dunn, Stuart, 'Folklore in the landscape: the case of corpse paths', Time and Mind 13 (3/2020), 245-265

Dürr, Renate, ‘Confession as an instrument of church discipline: a study of Catholic and Lutheran confessional manuals from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries’, in: S. Müller & C. Schweiger (eds), Between Creativity and Norm-Making: Tensions in the Early Modern Era (Leiden, 2013), 215-40

Dyer, C. (ed.), The Self-Contained Village? The Social History of Rural Communities 1250-1900, Explorations in Local and Regional History 2 (Hatfield, 2006)

Eckstein, N. A., ‘Words and deeds, statis and change: New directions in Florentine devotion around 1500′, The Journal of Religious History 28 (2004), 1-18

Edwards, K. A., ‘Lay Piety', Oxford Bibliographies (24 July 2013)

Eekhout, Marianne, 'Material memories of the Dutch revolt: The urban memory landscape in the Low Countries 1566-1700' (PhD Leiden, 2014) [e.g. on cannonballs kept in church]

Ehlers, Benjamin, Between Christians and Moriscos: Juan de Ribera and Religious Reform in Valencia, 1568-1614 (Baltimore, 2006)

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