Tales from the Lichfield Consistory Cause Papers 1558-1730

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04/02/2022 19:30 - 21:00

Speaker: Richard Clark

From 2016 to 2018 the speaker re-visited the Consistory Cause Papers to further his research for a potential book, Parishes and Parsons: the Church of England in Derbyshire.  Lots of photographs were taken and the following eighteen months were taken up in writing up cases of interest in a database after a great deal of transcribing.  In the talk he explores some of the problems cause papers pose as evidence and discuss some of the strengths and weakness of what they offer.  But on the way there will be some of the stories the cause papers contain - the occasional whiff of scandal and, perhaps, a source of mirth.

Organised by the Local History Section

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