The Register of John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury 1486-1500: II

December 1991
268 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Canterbury & York Society
ISBN: 9780907239475
Format: Hardback
Canterbury & York Society

The Register of John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury 1486-1500: II

Edited by Christopher Harper-Bill

Comprehensive records of sede vacanteadministration in the province of Canterbury from 1486-1500, including important financial accounts.
Among the most important rights of the archbishop of Canterbury wasthe administration of vacant sees upon the death or translation ofa bishop. Morton's register is remarkable for the proportion of itsfolios which are filled by sede vacantematerial.


The records are very detailed and contain a wide array of information useful to historians seeking a more complete picture of the late medieval English church... Recent scholarship has broken with the long-held view that the late medieval English church was hopelessly corrupt. According to Harper-Bill, [veteran editor of ecclesiastical records], Morton's register provides evidence to support the newer, more favorable picture of the ecclesiastical establishment in England on the eve of the Reformation... in the light of the records which he has so capably edited, the argument is compelling. A welcome additions to printed primary sources for historians of the early Tudor church. SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNAL

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