Religion, Politics and Society in Britain, 1066-1272
AUTHOR: Mayr-Harting, Henry
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The period from 1066 to 1272, from the Norman Conquest to the death of Henry III was one of enormous political change in England and of innovation in the Church as a whole. This was the period of the Gregorian reforms, of the foundation of the friars' orders of Franciscans and Dominicans and of the philosophical and proto-scientific flowering known as the twelfth century Renaissance. In England it was a time of extraordinary figures - Ailred of Rivaulx, Thomas Ã Becket, Christina of Markyate among others.
Henry Mayr-Harting here charts the many ways in which a constantly changing religious culture impacted on a political system which was itself for the most part dominated by clerics and on a social and economic world in which monasteries functioned as major economic centres. At the same time he shows how religious life in its turn changed in response to changing social conditions - how the friars were in part a response to increasing urbanisation, how rising population fuelled the economic activities of the monasteries, and how parish reform demanded a more educated clergy and by this increased the social prestige of the Church.
Written by an acknowledged master in the field, this magisterial account will be an unmissable read for all students of Norman and Plantagenet England and of the history of the medieval Church as a political and social as well as spiritual force.
PUBLICATION DATE: 5/12/2011
CATEGORY: History, Political Science, Religion, Social Science