The Monuments of Ecclesiastics

Nigel Saul

in English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199215980
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191710001 | DOI:
 The Monuments of Ecclesiastics

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The chapter argues that the monuments of the clergy played an important role in attesting the separateness and dignity of the clerical estate, the first of the three estates into which medieval society was conventionally divided. Episcopal monuments were often of exceptional splendour, highlighting the importance attached to the Episcopal office in the post-Reform movement Church. In the cathedrals and greater churches there was a sense in which clerical monuments provided collective commemoration, honouring the churches in which they were sited as well as the persons whom they commemorated.

Keywords: Episcopal; bishops; dignity; clerical estate; commemoration

Chapter.  12251 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Religion

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