Religious Conflict at Canterbury Cathedral in the Late Twelfth Century
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412 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

6 maps

Series: Studies in the History of Medieval Religion

Series Vol. Number: 56

Imprint: Boydell Press

Religious Conflict at Canterbury Cathedral in the Late Twelfth Century

The Dispute between the Monks and the Archbishops, 1184-1200

by James Barnaby

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Documents a long-running dispute between the archbishops and monks of Canterbury throughout the 1180s and 1190s.

For fifteen years the monks of Christ Church Canterbury waged a war against their archbishop, over a plan to build a church to provide funds for their administration, dedicated to Thomas Becket. Fearing the loss of their most beloved (and lucrative) saint to this new institution, the monks embarked on a course of action which saw rioting in the streets of Canterbury, their excommunication, and the cathedral placed under siege by the archbishop.

Although at first glance an internal dispute between the archbishop and his cathedral chapter, it had a wide-ranging impact. The monks travelled thousands of miles in support of their cause, enlisting the backing of popes, cardinals, and the elites of Europe. In England, the kings during the period took a personal interest in the dispute, sometimes attempting to resolve it and sometimes hindering any chance of peace.

This book, the first full account of the conflict, draws on the huge collection of letters it provoked (one of the largest compiled in the twelfth century), alongside other sources such as monastic culture, to offer a detailed narrative of this complicated feud between Archbishops Baldwin of Forde, Hubert Walter and their cathedral monks; it also considers the continuations of the dispute in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. In addition, it analyses the key themes of the conflict: the role of royalty, travel, and the deployment of Thomas Becket.
List of Maps
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations

Introduction
1: The Canterbury Dispute in the Sources
2: Baldwin's Grand Plan (1184-November 1186)
3: To Rome (November 1186-July 1187)
4: The Hackington Dispute (August 1187-September 1189)
5: A New King, a Crusading Archbishop, and a Temporary Peace (September 1189-August 1191)
6: A New Primate (1191-1193)
7: The Dispute Renewed (1193-1200)
8: After Lambeth: The Dispute in Later Centuries
Conclusion
Appendix 1: Biographical Register
Appendix 2: Calendar of Letters

Timeline
Select Bibliography
Index

James Barnaby is an independent historian of the Central and Later Middle Ages. He has taught at the University of East Anglia, where he gained his doctorate.

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Title Details

412 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

6 maps

Series: Studies in the History of Medieval Religion

Series Vol. Number: 56

Imprint: Boydell Press