Runaway Religious in Medieval England, c.1240-1540 Hardback

by F. Donald Logan;


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Runaway Religious in Medieval England, c.1240-1540

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The 'runaway religious' were monks, canons and friars who had taken vows of religion and who, with benefit of neither permission nor dispensation, fled their monasteries and returned to a life in the world, usually replacing the religious habit with lay clothes. No legal exit for the discontented was permitted - religious vows were like marriage vows in this respect - until the financial crisis caused by the Great Schism created a market in dispensations for priests in religious orders to leave, take benefices, and live as secular priests. The church therefore pursued runaways with her severest penalty, excommunication, in the express hope that penalties would lead to the return of the straying sheep. Once back, whether by free choice or by force, the runaway was received not with a feast for a prodigal but, in a rite of stark severity, with the imposition of penalties deemed suitable for a sinner.

Runaway Religious in Medieval England, c.1240-1540 by F. Donald Logan was published by Cambridge University Press in May 1996. The ISBN for Runaway Religious in Medieval England, c.1240-1540 is 9780521475020.

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Page last updated 28th June 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherCambridge University Press (May 1996)
Weight560g
Number of Pages324
Thickness22 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
ISBN9780521475020
ISBN-100521475023
Product Code1192211
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