The contributors, influenced by scoiology and anthropology, have abandoned the confines and conventions of ecclesistical history to discuss the relationship between the religion of the people and that of the clergy and elite. In introducing the volume, Obelkevich discusses the concept of popular religion and the methodology used to examine it. Contributors are Patrick J. Geary, Lionel Rothkrug, Carlo Ginsberg, Philip Benedict, Phyllis Mack Crew, Robert Muchembled, and H. C. Eric Midelfort. A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital techlogy to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.