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The Historians of Angevin England$
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Michael Staunton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198769965

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198769965.001.0001

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Church and Government from Becket to Longchamp

Church and Government from Becket to Longchamp

(p.281) 15 Church and Government from Becket to Longchamp
The Historians of Angevin England

Michael Staunton

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines church and government in Angevin England, and especially the representation of those who held leading positions in both. The first subject is the shadow cast by the figure of Thomas Becket over later ecclesiastical matters and their representation. Although the Becket dispute itself is not prominent in these histories, churchmen of the last quarter of the century were often judged in comparison to Becket. The rest of the chapter concentrates on the career of William Longchamp, bishop of Ely, papal legate, and royal chancellor. The extraordinary invectives against Longchamp written by contemporaries reflect the real hostility that he provoked, but also the emergence of negative depictions of men in government, drawn from recent history but also from imperial Rome.

Keywords:   Angevin England, Thomas Becket, William Longchamp, bishop of Ely, ecclesiastical matters, church and government, imperial Rome

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