Pious, Profane & Perplexed by William J. Tighe

Pious, Profane & Perplexed

The Plain Man’s Pathways to Heaven: Kinds of Christianity in Post-Reformation England
by Christopher Haigh
Oxford University Press, 2007
(284 pages, $60.00, hardcover)

reviewed by William J. Tighe

This book is a study of popular religion and irreligion in England from 1560 to 1640 by an author who has made a name for himself as a leading historian of the English Reformation, and is currently a Lecturer in Modern History at Oxford University and a Tutor at Christ Church College there.

One characteristic of Reformation and Counter-Reformation polemics was the production of religious instruction and propaganda in the form of dialogues. Most of the . . .