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The Clerical Profession in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1680-1840$
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W. M. Jacob

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199213009

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213009.001.0001

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Supervision of the Clergy

Supervision of the Clergy

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(p.268) 10 Supervision of the Clergy
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The Clerical Profession in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1680-1840
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David Albert Jones

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213009.003.0010

This chapter investigates the evidence for the oversight and supervision of the clergy. It examines the processes of visitations by bishops and archdeacons, and the use of rural deans in monitoring the conduct and activities of parish clergy. It looks at the evidence for clerical societies and deanery meetings of clergy which were encouraged by bishops, especially in the early 18th and early 19th centuries. The process for making and investigating complaints against clergy is examined. The procedures used by bishops for disciplining clergy, and the levels of expectation by parishioners and bishops are considered.

Keywords:   oversight, visitations, rural deans, conduct, clerical societies, discipline, expectations

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