Selling the Church

Selling the Church

In the years of expanding state authority following the Black Death, English common law permitted the leasing of parishes by their rectors and vicars, who then pursued interests elsewhere and left the parish in the control of lay lessees. But a series of statutes enacted by Henry VIII between 1529 and 1540 effectively reduced such clerical absenteeism. Robert Palmer examines this transformation of the English parish and argues that it was an important part of the… (more)

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Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (October 15, 2003)

Collection: Studies in Legal History

Page count: 344 pages

Language: English


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