The Holy Bureaucrat: Eudes Rigaud And Religious Reform In Thirteenth-century Normandy by Adam J. DavisThe Holy Bureaucrat: Eudes Rigaud And Religious Reform In Thirteenth-century Normandy by Adam J. Davis

The Holy Bureaucrat: Eudes Rigaud And Religious Reform In Thirteenth-century Normandy

byAdam J. Davis

Hardcover | August 10, 2006

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In a book that offers a fresh perspective on the complex relationship between thirteenth-century institutional power and evangelical devotion, Adam J. Davis explores the fascinating career of Eudes Rigaud, the Franciscan theologian at the University of Paris and archbishop of Rouen. Eudes's Register, a daybook that he kept for twenty-one years, paints a vivid picture of ecclesiastical life in thirteenth-century Normandy. It records the archbishop's visits to monasteries, convents, hospitals, and country parishes, where he sought to correct a wide range of problems, from clerics who were unchaste, who gambled, and who got drunk, to monasteries that were financially mismanaged and priests who did not know how to conjugate simple Latin verbs.

Davis describes the collision between the world as it was and as Eudes Rigaud wished it to be, as well as the mechanisms that the archbishop used in trying to transform the world he found. The Holy Bureaucrat also reconstructs the multifaceted man behind the Register, reuniting Eudes Rigaud the intellectual, Franciscan preacher, church reformer, judge, financial manager, and trusted councillor to King Louis IX. The book traces the growth of a complex bureaucracy in Normandy that insisted on discipline and accountability and relied on new kinds of written administrative records. The result is an absorbing study of the interplay between religious values and practices, institutions and individuals during the age of Saint Louis.

Title:The Holy Bureaucrat: Eudes Rigaud And Religious Reform In Thirteenth-century NormandyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.36 inPublished:August 10, 2006Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801444748

ISBN - 13:9780801444746

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Table of Contents


1. The Formation of a Reformer at the Franciscan Studium in Paris

2. Itinerant Archbishop, Itinerant Familia

3. A Metropolitan's Contested Jurisdiction

4. Fixing Broken Windows: Episcopal Visitation and the Mechanisms for Monastic Reform

5. Shepherding the Shepherds: The Challenges of Supervising Normandy’s Secular Clergy

6. An Ecclesiastical Administrator of Justice

7. A Franciscan Money Manager: The Archbishop’s Two Bodies?

8. A Friar, a King, and a Kingdom



Editorial Reviews

"The Holy Bureaucrat is an admirable and engaging book in every respect. It provides a sensitive, evocative reading of Eudes Rigaud's well-known register of visitations through which it contextualizes Eudes's life, his office, the university of Paris and its curriculum, the church in Normandy, and the role of prelates in the royal administration of thirteenth-century France. This exceptionally fine book will appeal to the general reader and serves as a fine example of how historians work with primary sources."—Theodore Evergates, McDaniel College