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The Foundations of Gentry LifeThe Multons of Frampton and their World 1270-1370$
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Peter Coss

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560004.001.0001

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The Church as Cultural Space

The Church as Cultural Space

(p.140) 8 The Church as Cultural Space
The Foundations of Gentry Life

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Religious belief and practice are central to the understanding of any, or at least almost any, culture. As far as the gentry is concerned religious sensibility and religious observance immediately raise issues around internal and external worlds and around the possibility of a fundamental dichotomy between private and public spheres. However unwittingly, the historian cannot help but have one eye on the Reformation and the debates it engenders. This chapter approaches the religion of the gentry in its formative period, initially though the uniquely revealing phenomenon of the private chapel. It examines belief and worship in their most intimate setting: in the curia itself. It focuses on a particularly significant development that would govern the role of the gentry within the church for many centuries — the shift in patronage and support from the religious orders to the parish church.

Keywords:   English gentry, gentry life, religious life, curia, patronage, parish church

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