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The Foundations of Gentry LifeThe Multons of Frampton and their World 1270-1370$
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Peter Coss

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560004.001.0001

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The Gentry and the Parish

The Gentry and the Parish

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(p.164) 9 The Gentry and the Parish
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The Foundations of Gentry Life
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Peter Coss (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560004.003.0009

This chapter examines the changes that were affecting the parish church more generally in the 13th century in order to understand both the motivation behind the gentry's tightening grip between over parish churches and its effects. In the 13th century, St Thomas Aquinas, observing that it was praiseworthy to beautify a church, also commended the building of monuments because they incited men to pray for the souls of the departed. The clergy were bound to pray for their benefactors and by the late 13th century it was a common theological position that monuments were an aide-memoire to such prayer. Sometimes a parish church must have been totally dominated by the image of the lord and, coincidentally therefore, of lordship.

Keywords:   English gentry, gentry life, religious life, parish churches, church patronage

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