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Church Life in England in the Thirteenth Century

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  • Date Published: August 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108010184

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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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    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108010184
    • length: 486 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    John R. H. Moorman

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