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The Proprietary Church in the Medieval West$
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Susan Wood

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206972

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206972.001.0001

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Lay proprietors

Lay proprietors

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The Proprietary Church in the Medieval West

Susan Wood

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the different classes of church-owners and their diverse interests. The church-owning laity ranged from kings and counts, through lesser lords and knights, to groups of small landowners or townsmen; individual priests and clerks had churches of their own; monasteries and collegiate churches had numerous churches in their lordship, as did bishops within and without their own dioceses. Starting with the laity, this chapter focuses at those (mainly in Francia) who dealt with churches as individual lords, rather than as families or consortia with common property in them; though their property-rights were enmeshed with the rights of others, both lords and kin.

Keywords:   proprietary church, lay proprietors, church-owners, laity, lords, families, property, rulers

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