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English Church Monuments in the Middle AgesHistory and Representation$
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Nigel Saul

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199215980

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215980.001.0001

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The Monuments of Ecclesiastics

The Monuments of Ecclesiastics

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(p.176) 8 The Monuments of Ecclesiastics
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English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215980.003.0008

The chapter argues that the monuments of the clergy played an important role in attesting the separateness and dignity of the clerical estate, the first of the three estates into which medieval society was conventionally divided. Episcopal monuments were often of exceptional splendour, highlighting the importance attached to the Episcopal office in the post-Reform movement Church. In the cathedrals and greater churches there was a sense in which clerical monuments provided collective commemoration, honouring the churches in which they were sited as well as the persons whom they commemorated.

Keywords:   Episcopal, bishops, dignity, clerical estate, commemoration

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