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By N. J. G. Pounds

So much writings on church heritage were involved more often than not with church hierarchy, and with theology, liturgy and canon legislations. This ebook appears on the church ''from below,'' from the bottom stratum of its organization--the parish--in which the church construction is visible because the parishioners' handiwork, and as a mirrored image of neighborhood pop culture. The publication discusses in flip the foundation and improvement of parishes, their functionality, and the church cloth that embodied the aspirations of parishioners.

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The bishops with their cathedrals were but the uppermost tier in a hierarchical structure which evolved in the seventh and eighth centuries. The cathedral was the ‘head-minster’. 61 Although the word derives from monasterium (monastery), they were not houses of monks as these were later           conceived. Instead they were small communities which did not as a general rule live a common life, but spent much of their time in the field, preaching the faith and ministering to the faithful.

Douglas; F – after W. H. C. Frend; Hk – after Della Hook; Hs – after P. H. Hase; R – after C. A. Ralegh Radford; S – after Pauline Spufford; TR – after Textus Roffensis.  Mother-churches and dependent churches. After T. Tatton-Brown. of some secular authority. Most appear in origin to have corresponded with units of royal land or villae regales. In the course of time the royal demesne became fragmented, leaving in its wake the ‘hundreds’,66 which continued into modern times to retain some administrative and judicial functions.

It is not yet possible to produce a map of Anglo-Saxon minsters as they were during the period of their greatest importance from the seventh to the early tenth centuries, though much progress has been made in some parts of England. The existence of individual minsters can be determined from charter references, from placenames, and from the obligations owed at a later date by one parish to another. On this basis Della Hook has compiled a map of minsters in the territory of the Hwicce, approximately the diocese of Worcester (Fig.

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