Bishops, Clerks, and Diocesan Governance in Thirteenth-Century England Paperback

Reward and Punishment

by Michael Burger;


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Bishops, Clerks, and Diocesan Governance in Thirteenth-Century England

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This book investigates how bishops deployed reward and punishment to control their administrative subordinates in thirteenth-century England. Bishops had few effective avenues available to them for disciplining their clerks and rarely pursued them, preferring to secure their service and loyalty through rewards. The chief reward was the benefice, often granted for life. Episcopal administrators' security of tenure in these benefices, however, made them free agents, allowing them to transfer from diocese to diocese or even leave administration altogether; they did not constitute a standing episcopal civil service. This tenuous bureaucratic relationship made the personal relationship between bishop and clerk more important. Ultimately, many bishops communicated in terms of friendship with their administrators, who responded with expressions of devotion. Michael Burger's study brings together ecclesiastical, social, legal and cultural history, producing the first synoptic study of thirteenth-century English diocesan administration in decades. His research provides an ecclesiastical counterpoint to numerous studies of bastard feudalism in secular contexts.

Bishops, Clerks, and Diocesan Governance in Thirteenth-Century England by Michael Burger was published by Cambridge University Press in September 2014. The ISBN for Bishops, Clerks, and Diocesan Governance in Thirteenth-Century England is 9781107417427.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (September 2014)
Weight490g
Number of Pages332
Thickness19 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9781107417427
ISBN-101107417422
Product Code4286392
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