How did the "peasantry" of early modern England react to the Reformation and to subsequent changes in their churches? Were they involved in founding dissenting churches? Could they even read? And if so, what was available for them? this volume brings together a key set of papers on such subject by social historian, Margaret Spufford. Spufford has been a pioneer in the particular social "landscape" of early modern England, of techniques of "total history" and her work has helped shift the historical understanding of 17th-century commoners away from merely economic models and towards a perspective in which religious, cultural, education and geographical factors are also seen as integral parts of the environment of the past.