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The Legal Architecture of English Cathedrals

1st Edition

By Norman Doe


274 pages

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This original book is a comprehensive, richly documented and critical examination of laws applicable to Anglican cathedrals in England, some of the most iconic monuments in the national heritage and centres of spiritual and cultural capital. Law is the missing link in the emerging field of cathedral studies. The book fills this gap. It explores historical antecedents of modern cathedral law, traces aspects of them that still endure, and explains the law with particular reference to the recommendations of the Archbishops’ Commission on Cathedrals 1994 which led to the most radical changes in the legal history of these churches since the Reformation, culminating in the Cathedrals Measure 1999 and associated later legislation. The book compares the domestic constitutions and statutes of all the cathedrals of the Church of England today – old foundations, new foundations and parish church cathedrals - as well as policies and guidelines applicable to or adopted by them. Whilst national law acts as a fundamental unifying force, there is considerable diversity as between these in terms of the breadth and depth of their coverage of topics. In the socio-legal tradition, the book also explores through interviews with clergy and others, at half of the cathedrals, how laws are experienced in practice. These reveal that whilst much of the law is perceived as working well, there are equally key areas of concern. To this end, the book proposes areas for further research and debate with a view to possible reform. Taking an architectural feature of cathedrals as the starting point for each chapter, from cathedral governance through mission, ministry, music and education to cathedral property, what emerges is that law and architecture have a symbiotic relationship so that a cathedral is itself a form of juristecture.

Table of Contents

1. The Cathedral Church: Foundation, Form and Function 2. The Episcopal Throne: The Appointment and Functions of the Bishop 3. The Font, Altar, and Pulpit: Sacraments, Worship and Mission4. The Nave and Crossing: The Cathedral Community, Hospitality and Outreach 5. The Choir and Presbytery: The Dean, Canons, and Musicians 6. The Chapter House: The Body Corporate – Council, Chapter and College 7. The Library and Cloister: Education – Learning and Teaching 8. The Treasury: Cathedral Property, Treasure and Finance 9. The Fabric of the Cathedral Church: Care and Conservation 10. The Cathedral Close: The Precinct, Houses and Security Conclusion. The Cathedral as a Normative Space: Concept and Experience

About the Author

Norman Doe DCL (Lambeth), LLD (Cambridge) Professor of Law, Cardiff University. Director of the Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff School of Law and Politics. Sometime Visiting Research Scholar, Corpus Christi College, Oxford Chancellor of the Diocese of Bangor.

About the Series

Law and Religion

The practice of religion by individuals and groups, the rise of religious diversity, and the fear of religious extremism, raise profound questions for the interaction between law and religion in society. The regulatory systems involved, the religion laws of secular government (national and international) and the religious laws of faith communities, are valuable tools for our understanding of the dynamics of mutual accommodation and the analysis and resolution of issues in such areas as: religious freedom; discrimination; the autonomy of religious organisations; doctrine, worship and religious symbols; the property and finances of religion; religion, education and public institutions; and religion, marriage and children. In this series, scholars at the forefront of law and religion contribute to the debates in this area. The books in the series are analytical with a key target audience of scholars and practitioners, including lawyers, religious leaders, and others with an interest in this rapidly developing discipline.

Series Editor

Professor Norman Doe is Director of the Centre for Law and Religion, which he set up at Cardiff Law School in 1998.

Editorial Board

Carmen Asiaín is a Law Professor at University of Montevideo (Uruguay).

Paul Babie is Professor and Associate Dean (International), Adelaide Law School. 

Pieter Coertzen is the chairperson of the Unit for the Study of Law and Religion in the Beyers Naudé Center for Public Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Stellenbosch.  

Alison Mawhinney is a Reader in Law at Bangor University.

Michael John Perry is a Senior Fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion and has held a Robert W. Woodruff University Chair there since 2003.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Christian Church / Canon & Ecclesiastical Law
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State