An uneasy alliance

Alison Forrestal

in Fathers, Pastors and Kings

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780719069765
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700594 | DOI:
An uneasy alliance

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This chapter addresses the episcopate's understanding of its status and its role towards another power that consistently sought to increase its sway over the French church: the gallican crown and its secular officials. The bishops' tensed relations with successive popes resulted in several clashes between the bishops and the French crown. The chapter suggests that from the bishops' conflicts with the state and the papacy, and indeed with the lower clergy, emerged a strong sense of communion and collective identity within the episcopate, based on the belief that prelates were duty-bound to protect their office and their brethren.

Keywords: episcopate; French church; gallican crown; papacy; collective identity; prelates

Chapter.  13749 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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