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Bishops in the Political Community of England, 1213-1272

S. T. Ambler


In thirteenth-century England, circumstance and personality converged to produce an episcopate uncommonly dedicated not only to its pastoral mission but also to the defence of the kingdom and the oversight of royal government. This cohort was bound by corporate solidarity and possessed an authority to reform the king—and so influence political events—unknown to the episcopates of other kingdoms. These bishops took a central part in the dramatic events of the reigns of King John and Henry III, throughout rebellion, civil war, and invasion from France, and the turbulent years of minority governm ... More

Keywords: bishop, political thought, revolution, rebellion, thirteenth-century England, peacemaker, episcopate, Simon de Montfort, Henry III

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198754022
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754022.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. T. Ambler, author
Research Associate, University of East Anglia