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By Michael Burger

This ebook investigates how bishops deployed present and punishment to regulate their administrative subordinates in thirteenth-century England. Bishops had few potent avenues to be had to them for disciplining their clerks and barely pursued them, who prefer to safe their carrier and loyalty via rewards. the executive gift used to be the benefice, frequently granted for all times. Episcopal directors' safety of tenure in those benefices, notwithstanding, made them unfastened brokers, permitting them to move from diocese to diocese or maybe go away management altogether; they didn't represent a status episcopal civil provider. This tenuous bureaucratic dating made the non-public dating among bishop and clerk extra very important. finally, many bishops communicated when it comes to friendship with their directors, who spoke back with expressions of devotion. Michael Burger's examine brings jointly ecclesiastical, social, criminal and cultural historical past, generating the 1st synoptic learn of thirteenth-century English diocesan management in many years. His study presents an ecclesiastical counterpoint to various experiences of bastard feudalism in secular contexts.

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