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The purpose of the book is to illustrate and encourage research into local history by means of surviving documents and fragments; it opens a way of actual study for many would-be local historians. Mr Tate's knowledge of documents and of the scattered literature dealing with them enabled him to describe and illustrate the evolution of local government.
Peggy Pinch, the policeman’s wife, is the only one who knows that Tug Macaulay was asleep in his bed when Cedar Wells was murdered. But if Peggy tells the truth, she will not only set tongues wagging but also prove that her husband has put words in the suspect’s mouth. Her only way through her dilemma is to identify the real murderer before too many questions are asked.It’s 1926 and there’s no more wicked place for gossip than the village Post Office before lunchtime. Choosing her friends carefully, Peggy gathers clues from the retired schoolmistress, a peculiar professor and the most unruly child in the village and uncovers the truth beneath the tittle-tattle.Press reviews praised Malcolm Noble’s Peggy Pinch, Policeman’s Wife as darkly funny, beautifully written and strangely moving. This eagerly awaited sequel has all of those qualities and will delight his growing readership.
The parish, the lowest level of hierarchy in the medieval church, was the shared responsibility of the laity and the clergy. Most Christians were baptized, went to confession, were married, and were buried in the parish church or churchyard; in addition, business, legal settlements, sociability, and entertainment brought people to the church, uniting secular and sacred concerns. In The People of the Parish, Katherine L. French contends that late medieval religion was participatory and flexible, promoting different kinds of spiritual and material involvement. The rich parish records of the small diocese of Bath and Wells include wills, court records, and detailed accounts by lay churchwardens of everyday parish activities. They reveal the differences between parishes within a single diocese that cannot be attributed to regional variation. By using these records show to the range and diversity of late medieval parish life, and a Christianity vibrant enough to accommodate differences in status, wealth, gender, and local priorities, French refines our understanding of lay attitudes toward Christianity in the two centuries before the Reformation.

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