Church Life in England in the Thirteenth Century

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J. R. H. Moorman was one of the foremost Anglican scholars of the English church in the middle ages, and especially of the Franciscan order. First published in 1945, Church Life in England in the Thirteenth Century provides a social history of the medieval English church. Two per cent of the population were then in religious orders of some kind, and church authority was at least as powerful as that of the state for the rest of the population. In the first part of the book, Moorman uses original sources to give a picture of the life of the secular clergy, their organisation, finances, training, and the different roles they filled with regard to the laity. The second part concentrates on the monastic orders, arguing that, with the exception of the friars, the great days of the monasteries were over, and that they had entered a period of consolidation and inevitable decline.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781108010184
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/26/2010
  • Series: Cambridge Library Collection - History Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 486
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Bibliography; Part 1: 1. The parishes of England; 2. Chapels, chantries and collegiate churches; 3. Rectors; 4. Vicars; 5. Assistant clergy; 6. The parsonage and its occupants; 7. The church and its services; 8. The education of the clergy; 9. Clerical incomes: (a) from the land; 10. Clerical incomes: (b) the offerings of the people; 11. Priest and people; 12. Preferment; 13. The bishop at home; 14. On the move; 15. Diocesan affairs; 16. The demand for reform; 17. How this demand was met; Part 2 : 18. English monasteries in the thirteenth century; 19. Occupants of the religious houses; 20. Administration; 21. Financial affairs; 22. Daily life of the monasteries; 23. The monks' standard of living; 24. The monastic contribution to society; 25. The glory of the friars; 26. Change and decay; Appendix; Index.

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