The Clergy in the Medieval World Hardback

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.800-1200, 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 January 2015. The ISBN for The Clergy in the Medieval World is 9781107086388.

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Details for The Clergy in the Medieval World

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherCambridge University Press (January 2015)
Number of Pages454
Thickness29 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4300810
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