Chapter

THE STATE OF THE CLERGY

FELICITY HEAL

in Reformation in Britain and Ireland

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780198269243
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602412 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198269242.003.0003

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 THE STATE OF THE CLERGY

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This continues the study of the pre-Reformation Church, focusing on the ordinary clergy, first the regulars and then the seculars. It highlights the relative strength of English monasticism, but stresses particularly the importance of the friars and the observant movement. Parish clergy are compared across the British Isles and the relationship between wealth and proper performance of duties is debated.

Keywords: friars; monks; Observant movement; parish clergy; sacraments; Tithes

Chapter.  18587 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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