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What the Hospitaller said to the bishop

Nicholson, Helen ORCID: 2020. What the Hospitaller said to the bishop. Nicholson, Helen and Burgtorf, Jochen, eds. The Templars, the Hospitallers and the Crusades: Essays in Homage to Alan J. Forey, The Military Religious Orders: History, Sources, and Memory, vol. 2. London: Routledge, pp. 215-226.

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As Alan Forey noted in his 1992 book on the Military Orders, the military orders ‘were often accused of profiting by abusing their rights and privileges’. Not only were they accused of abusing them, but ‘the secular clergy … frequently claimed that they were seeking to extend their ecclesiastical privileges unlawfully’. This chapter considers just such a disagreement that occurred in 1521 between Charles Booth, bishop of Hereford (1516–35), and Thomas Docwra, grand prior of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem in England (1501–27). The exchange of views recorded in the bishop’s registers demonstrates both the directions in which the Hospitallers exploited their privileges and the means by which they sought to defend them. More widely, it reveals the disputes that could arise between any religious order that was generally exempt from episcopal jurisdiction and a bishop who was trying to discharge his pastoral duties and collect the revenue that was due to him. The timing of this dispute, in the third decade of the sixteenth century, means that it also illuminates relationships between the secular clergy and the exempt regular religious orders in the English Church just before the Dissolution of the monasteries.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780367375775
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 10:28

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