Bishops, Clerks, and Diocesan Governance in Thirteenth-Centu (BOK)

Michael Burger

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This book investigates how bishops deployed reward and punishment to control their administrative subordinates in thirteenth-century England. Bishops had few effective avenues available to them for disciplining their clerks and rarely pursued them, preferring to secure their service and loyalty through rewards. The chief reward was the benefice, often granted for life. Episcopal administrators' security of tenure in these benefices, however, made them free agents, allowing them to transfer from diocese to diocese or even leave administration altogether; they did not constitute a standing episcopal civil service. This tenuous bureaucratic relationship made the personal relationship between bishop and clerk more important. Ultimately, many bishops communicated in terms of friendship with their administrators, who responded with expressions of devotion. Michael Burger's study brings together ecclesiastical, social, legal and cultural history, producing the first synoptic study of thirteenth-century English diocesan administration in decades. His research provides an ecclesiastical counterpoint to numerous studies of bastard feudalism in secular contexts.

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Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2012 Forfatter Michael Burger
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9781107022140
Antall sider 327 Dimensjoner 16,5cm x 23,5cm x 3,2cm
Vekt 615 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd

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