Book cover of Going to Church in Medieval England  by Nicholas Ormeby Nicholas Orme

An engaging, richly illustrated account of parish churches and churchgoers in England, from the Anglo-Saxons to the mid-sixteenth century

Parish churches were at the heart of English religious and social life in the Middle Ages and the sixteenth century. In this comprehensive study, Nicholas Orme shows how they came into existence, who staffed them, and how their buildings were used. He explains who went to church, who did not attend, how people behaved there, and how they—not merely the clergy—affected how worship was staged.

The book provides an accessible account of what happened in the daily and weekly services, and how churches marked the seasons of Christmas, Lent, Easter, and summer.

Interview with the Author

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Nicholas Orme, “Going to Church in Medieval England” (Yale UP, 2021)
2/16/22          66 min


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The church in medieval England: everything you wanted to know
7/18/21          66 min


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Professor Nicholas Orme – Going to Church in Medieval England
4/1/22         24 min


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