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The English Church and the Papacy

The English Church and the Papacy
From the Conquest to the Reign of John

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: July 1989
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521366878

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  • Since this book was first published in 1931 the English church in the eleventh and twelfth centuries has been studied in depth, yet Z. N. Brooke's The English Church and the Papacy, now reissued with a new introduction by C. N. L. Brooke, remains the indispensable point from which all expeditions over this territory begin. The author set out first to determine what the law of the English Church was, and to seek the books on which it was based; then to draw out the consequences of what he had discovered in a general survey of the relations of England and Rome. The crisp, clear judgements on themes and characters in the second half are still worth pondering, for all the nuances that have been added since.

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    ' … one of the half-dozen critical studies which are fundamental to our appreciation of the history of England in the times of the Norman and Angevin kings. It is a masterly piece of work, whether we regard it as an example of historical method or as an exposition.' Sir Maurice Powicke, The Cambridge Historical Journal

    ' … a most remarkable piece of historical reconstruction, which will certainly influence all future work on English ecclesiastical history in the eleventh and twelfth centuries.' Sir Frank Stenton, The English Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: July 1989
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521366878
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Ecclesia Anglicana
    2. The Western Church in the eleventh century
    3. The law of the Western Church
    Part I. The Law of the Church in England:
    4. The method of this enquiry
    5. Lanfranc's collection
    6. The twelfth-century collections
    7. Medieval libraries and contemporary writers
    Part II. The Relations of England with the Papacy:
    8. Lanfranc
    9. William the Conqueror: the traditional outlook
    10. St Anselm: the rise of a papal party
    11. Henry I: the maintenance of royal control
    12. Stephen: the 'freedom of the Church'
    13. Henry II and Thomas Becket
    14. Epilogue: from the death of Becket to Magna Carta

  • Author

    Zachary Nugent Brooke

    Introduction by

    Christopher N. L. Brooke

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