At arm's length? On papal legates in Normandy (11th and 12th centuries)

Rennie, K. R. (2010) At arm's length? On papal legates in Normandy (11th and 12th centuries). Revue d'Histoire Ecclesiastique, 105 2: 331-345.

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Author Rennie, K. R.
Title At arm's length? On papal legates in Normandy (11th and 12th centuries)
Journal name Revue d'Histoire Ecclesiastique   Check publisher's open access policy
Translated journal name Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Language of Journal Name fre
ISSN 0035-2381
Publication date 2010-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 105
Issue 2
Start page 331
End page 345
Total pages 15
Place of publication Turnhout, Belgium
Publisher Brepols Publishers
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
For the church in France (Gallia, Francia) during the 11th and 12th centuries, there was no universal reception of reforming ideas, persons, and legislation. While regional councils like those proclaiming the Peace and Truce of God1 played a "vital part by creating in France a milieu within which the reformed papacy came to be, on the whole, quietly accepted by the French church",2 the impetus to reform did not take hold simultaneously in every ecclesiastical province. In the duchy of Normandy, that territory corresponding closely with the ecclesiastical province of Rouen, papal intervention "remained a dead letter unless it had the backing of ducal sanction."3 This lay support came in varying degrees: from founding and maintaining proprietary churches and mouasteries to offering a safe environment in which councils could be convened where jurisprudence could be practieed and implemented, an~ where reforming legislation could be pronounced and disseminated more widely. Elsewhere in France, the local or regional presence of papal legates helped bridge the gap between the provinces and the pope in Rome, making more accessible the recourse to law and church reform. But in Normandy, papal legates played a seemingly insignificant role until the 12th century. This article asks why.
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Additional Notes Language: English; Review: French

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