A learned correspondent asks how/where the laity received communion in the Middle Ages.
I have often wondered. I have never come across any examples of pre-Reformation Communion rails: the earliest all seem to be Laudian.
Did the pp simply come out of the Rood Screen and administer Communion to his kneeling laity?
The 1549 rebels complained that Dr Cranmer's first Communion Service was like a Christmas Game. This suggests that medieval worshippers did not come in a great crowd within the Chancel ... doesn't it?