In the Country

Owen Chadwick

in The Early Reformation on the Continent

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780198269021
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600470 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 In the Country

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Reformed parishes wanted married and educated clergy, but the capacity to support a manse, with a pastor and his family, could be quite beyond the resources of rural communities. Pastors often had difficulty obtaining books for the preparations of sermons. The customs and orders surrounding services, burials, the churchyard, and other parish affairs varied widely in different regions and are illustrated here with evidence from six more distant countrysides: the peasant republic of Dithmarschen in the marshlands of south‐west Jutland; the broad lands with few towns in eastern Germany, mostly in the duchy of Prussia; the mountain region of western Switzerland; the countryside of France and Navarre; the churches of Iceland, distantly governed from Denmark; and the attempt to reform Moldavia, nominally under Ottoman sovereignty.

Keywords: France; Iceland; Jura; Jutland; Moldavia; Navarre; Prussia; rural parishes

Chapter.  16788 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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