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H. E. J. Cowdrey

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259601

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259601.001.0001

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The Primacy of Canterbury

The Primacy of Canterbury

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An ultimate pastoral motive lay behind Lanfranc's thoroughgoing reform and development of the structure and organisation of the Canterbury church as archbishop. Although this was in accordance with the precedent set by Pope Alexander II's legates in their councils of 1070, Lanfranc was in a position to take the further step of re-establishing the church of Canterbury as the mother church of the kingdom of England. He did so, first, by giving attention to the cathedral church and see of Canterbury itself, and second, by claiming for Canterbury a primacy which carried authority over the English church as constituted by the provinces of Canterbury and York and also more widely over the whole of the British Isles.

Keywords:   Lanfranc, Canterbury, primacy, church, see, England, British Isles, archbishop

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