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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 119: State, Church, and the Defence of Orthodoxy in Medieval England

Monday 13 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:The National Archives: Public Record Office, Kew
Organiser:Sean Cunningham, The National Archives, Kew
Moderator/Chair:Chris Given-Wilson, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Paper 119-aSeparatio a communione fidelium: Contumacy, Secular Authority, and Significations of Excommunication in 13th-Century England
(Language: English)
Adrian Jobson, Independent Scholar, San Francisco
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Ecclesiastical History, Law
Paper 119-bTraitors or Heretics?: The Government Inquests into Oldcastle's Rebellion, 1414
(Language: English)
James Ross, The National Archives, Kew
Index terms: Administration, Ecclesiastical History, Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 119-cUnorthodoxy and Unsuitability: The Tensions of Church, Family, and State Service in the Career of James Stanley, Bishop of Ely (d. 1515)
(Language: English)
Sean Cunningham, The National Archives, Kew
Index terms: Administration, Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy

The medieval English crown not only defended its own interests against those of the church; paradoxically, it was also responsible, in partnership with the clergy, for upholding religious orthodoxy and challenging heresy. Using sources from the National Archives, this session explores the administrative relationships between church and state in late medieval England, and also highlights some of the personal difficulties faced by those who had multiple roles within the medieval polity.