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    Objections to episcopal elections in England, 1216-1272

    Harvey, Katherine (2011) Objections to episcopal elections in England, 1216-1272. Nottingham Medieval Studies 55 , pp. 125-148. ISSN 0078-2122.

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    Disputes over episcopal appointments were one of the defining features of church-state relations in thirteenth-century England. This paper considers the episcopal elections which took place during the reign of Henry III (1216–72), focusing on contested elections which resulted in appeals to the papal curia. By examining the claims made about bishops-elect in this context, it is possible to identify the grounds on which kings (and other appellants) might object to the choices made by cathedral chapters. Objections focused on the ways in which the bishop-elect failed to measure up to an extremely specific model of episcopacy; if significant faults could be found, then the election was likely to be quashed. Consequently, theoretical knowledge was an extremely powerful weapon for all those involved in electoral disputes.


    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Katherine Harvey
    Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2016 12:00
    Last Modified: 08 Apr 2016 12:00


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