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dc.contributor.authorHill, Felicity Gemma
dc.identifier.citationHill , F G 2016 , ' Magna Carta, canon law and pastoral care : excommunication and the church's publication of the charter ' , Historical Research , vol. 89 , no. 246 , pp. 636-650 .
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dc.description.abstractThis article argues that the church's strenuous efforts to publicize Magna Carta can only be fully understood when viewed in the context of canon law and pastoral care. The automatic sentence of excommunication that fell on anyone who infringed Magna Carta meant that every Christian in medieval England needed to know not just the general principles of the charter, but the contents of every clause. Clergymen had a duty to ensure that their parishioners did not unwittingly incur the sanction, thereby endangering their souls. Thus the threat of excommunication had a profound effect on the political awareness of English society, as a result of the church's obligation to look out for the spiritual welfare of its members.
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dc.subjectBR Christianityen
dc.titleMagna Carta, canon law and pastoral care : excommunication and the church's publication of the charteren
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Historyen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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