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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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Higher churches as proprietors

Higher churches as proprietors

(p.681) 19 Higher churches as proprietors
The Proprietary Church in the Medieval West

Susan Wood

Oxford University Press

By the 12th century, monasteries were the greatest lords of churches almost everywhere. To some extent, the number of churches in monastic lordship was a function of their landowning. Bishops' lordship of churches could be in a constant flux of accumulation, loss, and recovery, and their proprietary dealings with churches cover almost the whole range of possibilities. They build and endow them, receive them as gifts, exchange and buy and sell them, use them sometimes for family purposes, give them for their souls' sakes, quitclaim them to their actual possessors, lease or grant them in whatever ways the time and place allow, or tap their revenues for their own expenses.

Keywords:   higher churches, proprietary church, proprietors, property, monasteries, collegiate churches, bishops

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