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The Interdict in the Thirteenth Century
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The Interdict in the Thirteenth Century: A Question of Collective Guilt

Peter D. Clarke


The interdict was an important and frequent event in medieval society. It was an ecclesiastical sanction which had the effect of closing churches and suspending religious services. Often imposed on an entire community because its leaders had violated the rights and laws of the Church, popes exploited it as a political weapon in their conflicts with secular rulers during the 13th century. This book examines this significant but neglected subject, presenting a wealth of new evidence drawn from manuscripts and archival sources. It begins by exploring the basic legal and moral problem raised by th ... More

Keywords: medieval society, the Church, the papacy, 13th-century Europe, religion, secular rules

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199208609
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208609.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter D. Clarke, author
Lecturer in Medieval History, University of Wales, Bangor

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