Keeping a sense of proportion – the rural church is a simple place of individual piety! But it was much more: a sanctuary, educational, and financial institute, integrated into the feudal and judicial system, and an instrument of state administration. As the oldest still existing institution, the church shaped almost all areas of life in the Saxon villages for a millennium. Their long history is highlighted in this volume: the construction of the first churches in what was once the Slavic settlement area, the change in burial culture, the furnishings of church buildings, the role of the pastor in education of the rural population, the current importance of the interior of churches.
The essays show a vivid institution that still influences life in the villages today, but which more than ever dependents on the participation of the local people.
2021, 144 pages, Softcover, 47 ill. (coloured, b/w), 5 maps, 15 x 21 cm