`What is novel and exciting about Mary Vincent's book is that it is
the first social history of mobilization by the forces of the
Susan Tax Freeman, American Historical Review, Feb. 99.
`Why Nelken was right is graphically explained in Mary Vincent's vivid account of the class dimension of female religiosity in her wide-ranging study of Catholic society and politics in Spain...Vincent's study is required reading...This is the best kind of local study, casting its light far beyond the confines of the area studied...Sharply and elegantly written, with frequent shafts of wit and irony'
Times Higher Education Supplement
`Building her fascinating account from patchy and unpromising source material, Dr Vincent successfully evokes and fairly explains the Salmantine version of the traditional Catholic world-view and ... valuably details the work of the orders and laity in providing schooling and social assistance when there were minimal secular facilities ... well-written work enriched by vivid quotations.'
R.A.H. Robinson, University of Birmingham, History, Vol. 83, No. 269