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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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Lesser churches' resources in lands and other possessions

Lesser churches' resources in lands and other possessions

(p.437) 14 Lesser churches' resources in lands and other possessions
The Proprietary Church in the Medieval West

Susan Wood

Oxford University Press

Whereas higher churches are characterised by the massive splendours of abbey churches with the treasure enshrined in them, and lordships of several thousand mansi or peasant holdings, lesser churches are associated with wooden sheds with barely a pewter or horn chalice, with a single peasant holding or less. And while higher churches were largely concerned with whether and in what sense monasteries were treated as property, for lesser churches it is rather a question of how and in what degree. There are wells of evidence for particular monasteries' foundation, juridical history, and religious importance, but there is in total a shallower but larger sea of evidence for lords' practical dealings with thousands of lesser churches. It is often difficult, or artificial, to distinguish a relatively independent and well-endowed church within an estate from a church with an estate of its own.

Keywords:   lesser churches, proprietary church, lands, possessions, endowments, property, lordship

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