Unceasing Strife, Unending Fear: Jacques de Therines and the Freedom of the Church in the Age of the Last Capetians

Unceasing Strife, Unending Fear: Jacques de Therines and the Freedom of the Church in the Age of the Last Capetians

by William Chester Jordan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691121206

ISBN-13: 9780691121208

Pub. Date: 12/20/2004

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This absorbing book explores the tensions within the Roman Catholic church and between the church and royal authority in France in the crucial period 1290-1321. During this time the crown tried to force churchmen to accept policies many considered inconsistent with ecclesiastical freedom and traditions—such as paying war taxes and expelling the Jews from the…  See more details below

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This absorbing book explores the tensions within the Roman Catholic church and between the church and royal authority in France in the crucial period 1290-1321. During this time the crown tried to force churchmen to accept policies many considered inconsistent with ecclesiastical freedom and traditions—such as paying war taxes and expelling the Jews from the kingdom. William Jordan considers these issues through the eyes of one of the most important and courageous actors, the Cistercian monk, professor, abbot, and polemical writer Jacques de Thérines. The result is a fresh perspective on what Jordan terms "the story of France in a politically terrifying period of its existence, one of unceasing strife and unending fear."

Jacques de Thérines was involved in nearly every controversy of the period: the expulsion of the Jews from France, the relocation of the papacy to Avignon, the affair of the Templars, the suppression of the "heresies" of Marguerite Porete and of the Spiritual Franciscans, and the defense of the "exempt" monastic orders' freedom from all but papal control. The stands he took were often remarkable in themselves: hostility to the expulsion of Jews and spirited defense of the Templars, for example. The book also traces the emergence of King Philip the Fair's (1285-1314) almost paranoid style of rule and its impact on church-state relations, which makes the expression of Jacques de Thérines's views all the more courageous.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691121208
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/20/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,302,153
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Encroachments on ecclesiastical authority : taxation, clerical immunity, and the Jews1
Ch. 2The Pope in Avignon and the crisis of the Templars18
Ch. 3The exemption controversy at the Council of Vienne37
Ch. 4An uneasy relationship : church and state at the Cistercian Abbey of Sainte-Marie of Chaalis56
Ch. 5Old fights and new : from exemption to Usus pauper73
Epilogue : unceasing strife, unending fear98

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