Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Foundations of Gentry LifeThe Multons of Frampton and their World 1270-1370$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Peter Coss

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560004.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 26 October 2021

The Gentry and the Parish

The Gentry and the Parish

(p.164) 9 The Gentry and the Parish
The Foundations of Gentry Life

Peter Coss (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the changes that were affecting the parish church more generally in the 13th century in order to understand both the motivation behind the gentry's tightening grip between over parish churches and its effects. In the 13th century, St Thomas Aquinas, observing that it was praiseworthy to beautify a church, also commended the building of monuments because they incited men to pray for the souls of the departed. The clergy were bound to pray for their benefactors and by the late 13th century it was a common theological position that monuments were an aide-memoire to such prayer. Sometimes a parish church must have been totally dominated by the image of the lord and, coincidentally therefore, of lordship.

Keywords:   English gentry, gentry life, religious life, parish churches, church patronage

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .