This fascinating and beautifully illustrated little history is a
celebration of the English country church - and a passionate plea
for its preservation. In his engaging account Roy Strong tells the
dramatic story of the English parish church, from the first
temporary buildings erected in Anglo-Saxon times to its uncertain
future in the twenty-first century. From the arrival of the
missionaries from Ireland and Rome, who erected crosses in the
country to mark the places where they preached, to the beautiful
architecture and rich spirituality of medieval Catholicism; from
the cataclysm of the Reformation, which replaced the splendour of
ritual with the preaching of the Word, to the age of the
'squarson', the gentrified cleric we meet in the novels of Jane
Austen: Roy Strong takes us on a journey - historical, social and
spiritual - to explore what men and women experienced through the
age when they went to church on Sunday.
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