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The Proprietary Church in the Medieval West$
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Susan Wood

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206972

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206972.001.0001

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Kings and princes

Kings and princes

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The Proprietary Church in the Medieval West

Susan Wood

Oxford University Press

The emergence of rulers' explicit lordship over particular monasteries is not in itself — at least in Francia — particularly obscure; but the character of this lordship is complex and elusive. This chapter discusses (mainly for Francia) how the idea of a royal abbey, and indeed of a bishopric, as something in the ruler's gift was formalized and generalized; then how royal lordship was extended by the new idea of immunity-defence, and what this meant; and how what was essentially lordship over lords — that is, over churches and their heads having their own lordships — was nonetheless shot through with strands of more proprietary practice and perception.

Keywords:   monasteries, proprietary church, Francia, royal abbey, lay rulers, property, immunity-defence, lordship, kings, princes

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