The Proprietary Church in the Medieval West

Paperback | December 18, 2008

bySusan Wood

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Although there have been many regional studies of the proprietary church or particular aspects of it, this is the first extensive study of it covering most of western Europe, from the end of the Roman Empire in the West to about 1200. The book aims at a broad survey in varying degrees ofintensity and with a shifting geographical focus; and it asks questions that are as much social and religious as legal or administrative. The book vindicates, for village and estate churches, Ulrich Stutz's basic concept of a church with its possessions, revenues, and priestly office as an object of what we can reasonably call property. But it largely rejects his and his followers' application of this to great churches, and sees theposition of intermediate churches (such as small or middling monasteries) as various, changeable, and ambivalent. Above all it turns away from Stutz's view of the property relationship as a distinct institution or system of 'Germanic church law', presenting it rather as a fluid set of assumptionsand practices taking shape as customary law.Susan Wood considers also the changing background of ideas and the bearing on it of important polemical writings (with some questioning of their established interpretations). Finally the book discusses how property in churches was imperfectly superseded by the new canon-law patronage, in theincreasingly bureaucratic post-Gregorian Church.

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Although there have been many regional studies of the proprietary church or particular aspects of it, this is the first extensive study of it covering most of western Europe, from the end of the Roman Empire in the West to about 1200. The book aims at a broad survey in varying degrees ofintensity and with a shifting geographical focus;...

Susan Wood is Emeritus Fellow at St. Hugh's College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1020 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:December 18, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199552630

ISBN - 13:9780199552634

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Table of Contents

Part I: Beginnings1. The Roman Empire and Post-Roman Kingdoms2. A New Stage: Bavaria, Alemania, and Lombard Italy, Mid-Eighth to Mid-Ninth Century3. The Converging of Private and Parish Churches4. The Question of Origins5. Early Monasteries: Their Founders and Abbotts6. Some Non-Frankish Patterns of Family Interest in Monasteries7. Transition to Outside Lordship of Monasteries8. The Emergence of Bishop's Lordship over Monasteries9. The Emergence of Lay Ruler's Lordship over MonasteriesPart II: Lordship over Higher Churches, Ninth to Eleventh Centuries10. Kings and Princes11. Nobles other than Founder's Heirs12. Noble Founders and their Heirs13. Great Churches as Lords of MonasteriesPart III: Lower Churches as Property, Ninth to Eleventh Centuries14. Lesser Churches' Resources in Lands and other Possessions15. Lesser Churches' Resources in Tithes and Offerings16. Proprietors' Arrangements with their Priests17. Lay Proprietors18. Priests as Proprietors19. Higher Churches as Proprietors20. Some Proprietary Elements in a Bishop's AuthorityPart IV: Ideas, Opinion, Change21. The Juridical Condition of Churches22. Legislation and Reforming Opinion23. Monastic Reform: Lordship and Liberty24. Gregorian Reform25. Towards a Bureaucratic Church26. The Longer TermBibliographyIndex

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