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People assume that parish church dedications are ancient, but many of those in use today are inventions of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the original dedications were entirely different. This startling discovery reveals fresh information about the history of English parish churches and throws light on religion in England in all periods of history.
Part One of English Church Dedications is a general history of Church dedications in England from Roman times to the present day. Part Two provides a gazetteer of dedications in Cornwall and Devon, with dates and references, showing how far each one can be traced back and what changes and misunderstandings have occurred. It offers totally new evidence about the Cornish saints and provides a guide and model for similar research in other counties.
“. . . this volume is easy to use and presents valuable information, much of it, in effect, for the first time. It provides a useful and inexpensive basis for further investigation.” –Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 49, No. 3, July 1998
Newsletter of the Centre for South-Western Historical Studies
“. . . an exemplary demonstration of the deep scholarship which we have come to expect of its author, who provides several kinds of index and an awe-inspiring bibliography to the whole study . . . (He) sets the present investigation before us with the hope of its proving the start of an enterprise to trace the history of all church dedications in England and he provides a model of formidable erudition and great clarity for others to follow.” –Newsletter of the Centre for South-Western Historical Studies, Spring 1997
“In addition to providing the first real scholarly treatment of the subject, Nicholas Orme's work also raises a number of questions which should inspire local researchers........Professor Orme has produced a masterly study of a neglected subject for which he is to be congratulated. The value for local historians in Cornwall and Devon is immense, and hopefully this book will inspire more detailed country studies eslewhere. It richly deserves a place on all serious local historian's bookshelves alongside Dr. Oliver Padel's Cornish Place Names which it complements so well.” –Cornwall Association
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