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The church as sacred space in Middle English literature and culture

Laura Varnam


The church as sacred space places the reader at the heart of medieval religious life, standing inside the church with the medieval laity in order to ask what the church meant to them and why. It examines the church as a building, idea, and community, and explores the ways in which the sanctity of the church was crucial to its place at the centre of lay devotion and parish life. At a time when the parish church was facing competition for lay attention, and dissenting movements such as Lollardy were challenging the relevance of the material church, the book examines what was at stake in discussi ... More

Keywords: church, Middle English, sacred space, profane, performance, architecture, Lollardy, stained glass, laity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781784994174
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784994174.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Varnam, author
Lecturer in Old and Middle English Literature at University College, Oxford