The Archbishop’s Chapel

Peter Linehan

in At the Edge of Reformation

Published in print February 2019 | ISBN: 9780198834199
Published online April 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780191872358 | DOI:
The Archbishop’s Chapel

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This chapter opens with events in 1334, including the establishment of a new chapel for Braga cathedral to be under the overall charge of the dean, with the proviso that he should not be a foreigner. Details are given of the exhaustive rules (confirmed by the pope) for its staffing; the duties of its chaplains; provision for lodging and feeding; offices; and for burial space to be reserved for archbishops, but not for kings. The chapter then moves on to 1340, the battle of the Salado, followed in 1341 by Afonso IV’s attack on the archbishop of Braga’s possession of that city, since the donation of Braga to the church in 1120 was ‘invalid inasmuch as the city pertained to the corona regis and had not been the property of the donor’. The archbishop’s allegationes in response, as submitted to the judgment of judges at Avignon, are described and analysed.

Keywords: Spain; Portugal; fourteenth century; kings; nobles; bishops; popes; Braga chantry chapel; Salado

Chapter.  12696 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) ; History of Religion

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