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Sin and Society in Fourteenth-Century England: A Study of the Memoriale Presbiterorum

Michael Haren

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208518
eISBN:
9780191678042
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208518.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Social History

Penetrating behind the seal of medieval confession is among the most formidable historiographical challenges. One route is through confessors’ manuals. This is a full-scale scholarly study of a ... More


Text, Authorship, and Dating

Michael Haren

in Sin and Society in Fourteenth-Century England: A Study of the Memoriale Presbiterorum

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208518
eISBN:
9780191678042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208518.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Social History

This chapter explores the text, authorship, and dating of the Memoriale Presbiterorum. Its five known extant manuscripts are: Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS. 148; London, Westminster Diocesan ... More


The Memoriale Presbiterorum; Genre, Sources, and Wider Affinities

Michael Haren

in Sin and Society in Fourteenth-Century England: A Study of the Memoriale Presbiterorum

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208518
eISBN:
9780191678042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208518.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Social History

Unlike some treatises that range more widely over the pastoral cure, such as the Summa Confessorum of Thomas de Chobham or the Oculus Sacerdotis, viewed as an entity, the Memoriale Presbiterorum is ... More


Society Under Scrutiny I: The Examination of Court Personnel and Ecclesiastical Administrators

Michael Haren

in Sin and Society in Fourteenth-Century England: A Study of the Memoriale Presbiterorum

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208518
eISBN:
9780191678042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208518.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Social History

The interest of the author of the Memoriale Presbiterorum in social behaviour is clear in two sections of the treatise: under the heads of the interrogation of the penitent according to his or her ... More


The Memoriale Presbiterorum: A Confessional Manual With a Social Focus

Michael Haren

in Sin and Society in Fourteenth-Century England: A Study of the Memoriale Presbiterorum

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208518
eISBN:
9780191678042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208518.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Social History

This chapter comments on the The Memoriale Presbiterorum. This work is a part of the great body of writing for the instruction of parish clergy, which is a prominent feature of the intellectual life ... More


Society Under Scrutiny VI: Economic Activity: The Examination of Merchants; Usury, Trading, and the Duties of Almsgiving

Michael Haren

in Sin and Society in Fourteenth-Century England: A Study of the Memoriale Presbiterorum

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208518
eISBN:
9780191678042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208518.003.0010
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Social History

The Memoriale Presbiterorum shows a pronounced interest in several aspects of economic activity. The attempt by the medieval canon lawyers to impose controls on the use of wealth, and specifically to ... More


Friars as Confessors—The Author’s Criticisms

Michael Haren

in Sin and Society in Fourteenth-Century England: A Study of the Memoriale Presbiterorum

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208518
eISBN:
9780191678042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208518.003.0012
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Social History

The attitude of the author to friars as confessors is conveyed internally in some dozen asides, where he interrupts his main theme to castigate their laxity or rapacity. One such example is his ... More


The Career of an Ecclesiastical Administrator II: Lincoln and Worcester

Michael Haren

in Sin and Society in Fourteenth-Century England: A Study of the Memoriale Presbiterorum

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208518
eISBN:
9780191678042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208518.003.0013
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Social History

This chapter discusses William Doune’s later career as an ecclesiastical administrator in the Lincoln diocese and Worcester diocese. His later career is of potential interest to the present study on ... More


Society Under Scrutiny II: The Examination of Lords and Knights

Michael Haren

in Sin and Society in Fourteenth-Century England: A Study of the Memoriale Presbiterorum

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208518
eISBN:
9780191678042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208518.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Social History

Compared with other commentators, the Memoriale Presbiterorum has surprisingly little to say of lords. The Memoriale appears to ignore with regard to lords the twin classic excesses of bastard ... More


Society Under Scrutiny V: The Examination of Clerics, Regular and Secular

Michael Haren

in Sin and Society in Fourteenth-Century England: A Study of the Memoriale Presbiterorum

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208518
eISBN:
9780191678042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208518.003.0009
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Social History

The interrogatories for the clerical order in the Memoriale Presbiterorum begin in the traditional manner with the religious. The author devotes separate sections to the simple religious, and to ... More


Society Under Scrutiny III: The Examination of Manorial and Seignorial Officials

Michael Haren

in Sin and Society in Fourteenth-Century England: A Study of the Memoriale Presbiterorum

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208518
eISBN:
9780191678042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208518.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Social History

The Memoriale Presbiterorum’s approach to the officials responsible for the exercise of seignorial or manorial jurisdiction or for the economic administration of estates is that of a moralist rather ... More


Society Under Scrutiny VII: Miscellaneous Penitents: Pardoners, Collectors, Doctors, Hosts, Actors, Servants, Sailors, Women, and Children

Michael Haren

in Sin and Society in Fourteenth-Century England: A Study of the Memoriale Presbiterorum

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208518
eISBN:
9780191678042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208518.003.0011
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Social History

The penultimate chapter in the section on restitution is an account of pardoners. The author makes clear how fraudulent pardoners must discharge their obligation to make restitution to their ... More


Society Under Scrutiny IV: The Examination of Peasants

Michael Haren

in Sin and Society in Fourteenth-Century England: A Study of the Memoriale Presbiterorum

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208518
eISBN:
9780191678042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208518.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Social History

Scornful though he is in criticism of the manorial officials, the author of the Memoriale Presbiterorum offers no sympathy for the peasants. The main problem comes from tithe-paying. The duty of ... More


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