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The Papal MonarchyThe Western Church from 1050 to 1250$
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Colin Morris

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269250

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198269250.001.0001

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The Government of the Church in the Twelfth Century

The Government of the Church in the Twelfth Century

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(p.205) 9 The Government of the Church in the Twelfth Century
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The Papal Monarchy
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Colin Morris

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198269250.003.0010

An enriched vocabulary of papal power was becoming evident. The right of the curia to hear appeals from all church courts was extended. At the same time the effective control of the local churches was put increasingly into the hand of the bishops. The power of the bishops and the intervention of the popes led to conflicts over the crown's attempts to control the national churches, illustrated in an extreme form in the Becket affair.

Keywords:   appeals, Becket, episcopal authority, fullness of power, Henry II, plenitudo potestatis, two swords, vicar of Christ

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