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Sanctuary and Social Negotiation in Medieval England

Gervase Rosser

in The Cloister and the World

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198204404
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676246 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204404.003.0004
Sanctuary and Social Negotiation in Medieval England

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This chapter is concerned with sanctuaries and social negotiation in England during the Middle Ages. The prevailing view among historian is that the establishments of medieval sanctuaries were justified by the violence of the times. They were used to check on human passions, though they offer immunity to crime. This chapter suggests that the eventual decline of sanctuary is symptomatic of a double triumph of the modern secular state over primitive human passions and over priestly privilege.

Keywords: sanctuaries; social negotiation; England; Middle Ages; human passions; priestly privilege; secular state

Chapter.  11546 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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