A Secret History of Confession
9781781251089   Product Code: 18349
It was not until the 13th century that adult Catholics were required to confess their sins in private once a year; in recent decades the custom has been virtually abandoned. The Dark Box is a history of the rise and fall of this often controversial practice, drawing on Cornwell's own experience and focusing on reforms which sought to protect the Catholic faithful but actually increased opportunities for psychological oppression and sexual abuse. Slightly off-mint.