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The Secular Clergy in England, 1066–1216
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The Secular Clergy in England, 1066–1216

Hugh M. Thomas


The secular clergy (priests and other clerics outside of monastic orders) were among the most influential and powerful groups in European society during the central Middle Ages, but have hitherto been neglected in the scholarship. This book aims to partially rectify that neglect by providing a major case study of the secular clergy below the level of bishop in England from 1066 to 1216. The first part of the book introduces the subject, describes the contemporary model of the ideal priest, and outlines a less formal contemporary model of the most powerful clerics as aristocratic figures compar ... More

Keywords: secular clergy, Christianity, church, religion, renaissance, social history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198702566
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702566.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugh M. Thomas, author
Professor of History, University of Miami