Christian Society in the Middle of the Eleventh Century

Colin Morris

in The Papal Monarchy

Published in print July 1991 | ISBN: 9780198269250
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600708 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 Christian Society in the Middle of the Eleventh Century

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The mid‐eleventh century saw the strong dominance of royal authority over the independence of the church. The system may be described as the private ownership of church (Eigenkirchentum). Its most obvious manifestation was the custom of lay investiture. Royal control could be an instrument for reform and discipline, especially in the hands of such rulers as the Emperor Henry III, with his strong belief in the sacred nature of royal authority.

Keywords: donation of Constantine; Eigenkirchentum; emperor; Henry III; lay investiture; peace of God; privatization of churches; sacred kingship

Chapter.  10033 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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