Bishop and Chapter in Twelfth-Century England: A Study of by Everett U. Crosby

By Everett U. Crosby

This publication is a examine of the reformation in ecclesiastical politics in twelfth-century England wherein the cathedral bankruptcy, by means of steadily gaining keep watch over of extra of its personal wealth and assets, elevated its strength and emerged as a group mostly self sufficient of the bishop. the tale illuminates an immense interval within the inner lifetime of the Church, whilst the tasks and rights of people and associations have been being given ever extra certain definition, and while new perspectives on Church doctrine and canon legislations, in addition to on royal and papal pursuits, turned the fear of some of the top ecclesiastics of the day.

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D . dissertation, L u d w i g - M a x i m i l i a n s Universitat zu M i i n c h e n (1971), p . 83. Eadmer, HN, p . 43, and see R. W .

J. A. Robinson, Somerset Record Society 39, Collectanea, vol. 1 (1924), 61. " . . b o n o r u m occupatores quae suam ad mensam quasi ad fiscum ab antiquo pertinere noscuntur, patrimonio proprio contentos esse debere constanter assereret et etiam cogeret,' Ralph de Diceto, Radulfi de Diceto Decani Lundoniensis Opera Historica, ed. W. Stubbs, RS-6S, 1, 371, cited and discussed by W. L. pertinere is clear. 36 Perhaps mensa came easily to Ralph, who was dean of St. Paul's, as a word to describe property used for the king's income in the same way that it was used to refer to the income of the bishop.

J. A. Raftis, The Estates of Ramsey Abbey. A Study in Economic Growth and Organization ( T o r o n t o 1957). PP- 35—38. See also Saltman, Theobald, n o . 207, and the c o m m e n t s b y E. King, Peterborough Abbey, p . 9 1 , n o t e 7. O n the question o f usufruct see DM, p . 17, note 9. CSB in, 1007; AS Charters, 1185. T h e fact that these charters, as well as others cited below, are suspect does n o t i m p u g n their value for purposes of illustrating the phrasing. CSB in, 1067, 1146, 1147, 1091, and in AS Charters, 688, 817, 821, 1298.

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