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The Landscape of Pastoral Care in 13th-Century England

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series

  • Date Published: November 2017
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  • The thirteenth century was a crucial period of reform in the English church, during which the church's renewal initiatives transformed the laity. The vibrant lay religious culture of late-medieval England cannot be understood without considering the re-invigorated pastoral care that developed between 1200 and 1300. Even before Innocent III called the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215, reform-minded bishops and scholars were focusing attention on the local church, emphasising better preaching and more frequent confession. This study examines the processes by which these clerical reforms moulded the lay religiosity of the thirteenth century, integrating the different aspects of church life, so often studied separately, and combining a broad investigation of the subject with a series of comparative case studies. William H. Campbell also demonstrates how differences abounded from diocese to diocese, town to country and parish to parish, shaping the landscape of pastoral care as a complex mosaic of lived religion.

    • The first complete study of the English church's activities in the 1200s for more than fifty years, providing an up-to-date and overdue re-assessment
    • Explains how the origins of the vibrant religious culture of late medieval England lay in the clerical reform of friars and parish priests
    • Demonstrates the regional and local diversity of medieval religion and how socio-economic structures affected the church's activity
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    • Winner, 2018 EHS Book Prize, Ecclesiastical History Society

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    • Date Published: November 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108247221
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    Introduction. Pastoral care in the thirteenth century
    Part I. Pastors and People:
    1. Growth, crisis, and recovery: the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries
    2. Parish clergy
    3. The coming of the friars
    4. Monks and canons regular
    Part II. The Processes of Pastoral Care:
    5. Preaching and catechesis
    6. Sacramental and liturgical pastoral care
    7. Confession and penance
    Part III. The Landscape of Pastoral Care:
    8. Towards a geography of pastoral care
    9. Provincial government from Canterbury and York
    10. The diocese of Lincoln
    11. The diocese of Exeter
    12. The diocese of Carlisle

  • Author

    William H. Campbell, University of Pittsburgh
    William H. Campbell graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of Pittsburgh, before completing his Ph.D. in Medieval History at the University of St Andrews. He has written two volumes for the Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae series and earned the postdoctoral Licentiate in Mediaeval Studies degree from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto. He has since returned to the University of Pittsburgh to teach.


    • Winner, 2018 EHS Book Prize, Ecclesiastical History Society

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