Professor Eamon Duffy is Emeritus Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge, and a fellow and former President of Magdalene College. His previous books include Reformation Divided, Saints, Sacrilege and Sedition and The Stripping of the Altars.
It is 26 years since Eamon Duffy changed the way that readers of history looked at England on the eve of the Reformation, through his The Stripping of the Altars. Many of the essays here also challenge easy assumptions. All of them are written with a clarity and fluency, humour and humanity that make reading them a pleasure. * Christopher Howse, Daily Telegraph * Erudite but never unapproachable and laced with a dry wit, [Duffy's] essays are essential reading for those with an interest in how people in the past expressed their faith * Sunday Times * Tremendous ... This is a book for the general reader , spiced throughout with Duffy's profound scholarly understanding of the giant subjects with which each essay grapples * Church Times *