Mother Leakey and the Bishop: A Ghost Story

Peter Marshall (Author)

Product Details

OUP Oxford
Publish Date
March 01, 2009
5.0 X 0.8 X 7.6 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Peter Marshall is Professor of History at the University of Warwick, with a particular interest in the study of religious belief and practice in sixteenth and seventeenth-century England and the cultural impact of the English Reformation. He has published widely in the field, including a survey of the period, Reformation England 1480-1642, and The Catholic Priesthood and the English Reformation, also published by Oxford University Press.


"A marvelously fun work of historical detection....Remarkably readable and enticing. Marshall excels in his transparent methodology and graceful story-telling. He has written a work appealing to the scholar, the student, and the everyday lover of history."--Sammie McGlasson, H-Albion

"This is as fine an example of microhistory as is likely to be written. Marshall not only demonstrates convincingly the link between the stories of Mother Leakey and Bishop John Atherton, not only expertly and painstakingly unravels the strange world in which they occurred, but does so in a highly readable and often entertaining fashion....Marshall expertly weaves disparate pieces into a compelling whole, and finds links which were by no means obvious....He displays a lovely style....But good as Marshall is at the genre, he goes beyond where most of its practitioners dare tread."--Craig Harline, Church History and Religious Culture