First published in 1934, this volume explores the varied roles of bishops alongside monks, administrators, magnates and scholars in the reforms surrounding the Lateran Council of 1215 and the Council of Trent, with a particular focus on approaches to their implementation in England. The book was originally written in the form of two theses published in 1931 under the titles of ‘The Episcopate during the Reign of Henry III’ by Marion Gibbs and ‘The Enforcement of the Decrees of the Lateran Council of 1215 in England during the Reign of Henry III’ by Jane Lang. They have been made into one volume here, with the first two parts by Marion Gibbs and the third by Jane Lang.
Part I. The Personnel of the Episcopate. 1. Introductory. 2. The Monks. 3. Administrators and Magnates. 4. The Scholars. 5. Cathedral Clergy. Part II. External Influences in Elections and their Effect on the Personnel of the Episcopate. 1. Introductory. 2. Canonical Procedure in Elections, 1215-1272. 3. Conduct of Elections, 1215-1272. Part III. The Reform Work of the Episcopate on the Lines Laid Down by the Lateran Council of 1215. 1. Introductory. 2. The Problem of the Introduction of the Lateran Decrees into England and their Promulgation in Provincial and Diocesan Synods. 3. The Application of the Lateran Decrees by the Bishops, Lower Clergy, and Religious.
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