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Violence, Clerical Status, and the Issue of Criminous Clerks

Hugh M. Thomas

in The Secular Clergy in England, 1066–1216

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780198702566
eISBN:
9780191772269
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702566.003.0009
Subject:
History, History of Religion

The high religious status accorded to clerics, especially priests, and the related demand for ritual purity from them, prompted medieval society to ban clerics from shedding blood but also to protect ... More


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