By Michelle Armstrong-Partida
Two hundred years after canon legislation prohibited clerical marriage, parish monks within the past due medieval interval persisted to shape unions with girls that have been marriage all yet in identify. In Defiant Priests, Michelle Armstrong-Partida makes use of proof from impressive files in 4 Catalan dioceses to teach that holding a relations with a family accomplice used to be not just a customized entrenched in Catalan clerical tradition but additionally a vital part of priestly masculine id, person who prolonged to the wearing of guns and use of violence to solve disputes and search revenge, to intimidate different males, and to take care of their prestige and authority within the community.
From unpublished episcopal visitation files and inner diocesan files (including notarial registers, bishops' letters, dispensations for illegitimate beginning, and episcopal courtroom records), Armstrong-Partida reconstructs the non-public lives and careers of Catalan parish monks to higher comprehend the pro id and masculinity of churchmen who made up the proletariat of the most important establishment throughout Europe. those untapped assets display the level to which parish clergy have been embedded of their groups, rather their kinship ties to villagers and their frequently contentious interactions with male parishioners and clerical colleagues. Defiant Priests highlights a clerical tradition that embraced violence and illuminates how the parish church may perhaps develop into a battleground within which rivalries between clerics happened and younger clerics discovered from senior monks to meld the lay masculine beliefs that have been part of their daily tradition with the privilege and authority in their profession.
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2 hundred years after canon legislations prohibited clerical marriage, parish clergymen within the overdue medieval interval endured to shape unions with girls that have been marriage all yet in identify. In Defiant monks, Michelle Armstrong-Partida makes use of proof from impressive files in 4 Catalan dioceses to teach that keeping a family members with a family accomplice was once not just a customized entrenched in Catalan clerical tradition but additionally an integral part of priestly masculine identification, one who prolonged to the wearing of guns and use of violence to solve disputes and search revenge, to intimidate different males, and to keep up their prestige and authority in the neighborhood.
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