The Clergy in the Medieval World Paperback

Secular Clerics, Their Families and Careers in North-Western Europe, C.800-C.1200

by Julia Barrow;

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The Clergy in the Medieval World

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Unlike monks and nuns, clergy have hitherto been sidelined in accounts of the Middle Ages, but they played an important role in medieval society. This first broad-ranging study in English of the secular clergy examines how ordination provided a framework for clerical life cycles and outlines the influence exerted on secular clergy by monastic ideals before tracing typical career paths for clerics. Concentrating on northern France, England and Germany in the period c.800-c.1200, Julia Barrow explores how entry into the clergy usually occurred in childhood, with parents making decisions for their sons, although other relatives, chiefly clerical uncles, were also influential. By comparing two main types of family structure, Barrow supplies an explanation of why Gregorian reformers faced little serious opposition in demanding an end to clerical marriage in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Changes in educational provision c.1100 also help to explain growing social and geographical mobility among clerics.

The Clergy in the Medieval World by Julia Barrow was published by Cambridge University Press in November 2016. The ISBN for The Clergy in the Medieval World is 9781107451308.

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Details for The Clergy in the Medieval World

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (November 2016)
Number of Pages469
Thickness24 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4451921
Page last updated 14th May 2018
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