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Episcopal Elections 250-600Hierarchy and Popular Will in Late Antiquity$
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Peter Norton

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207473.001.0001

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Corruption, constraint, and nepotism

Corruption, constraint, and nepotism

(p.177) 8 Corruption, constraint, and nepotism
Episcopal Elections 250-600


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This chapter considers two diametrically-opposed phenomena in electoral practice, namely, where would-be bishops attempted to bribe their way into office, and also where men refused to accept the honour and responsibility being thrust upon them. It also looks at the practice of nominating one’s own successor, a practice which was no doubt not infrequently the result of nepotism.

Keywords:   episcopal elections, bishops, bribery, nepotism, electoral corruption

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