Archbishops Ralph d'Escures, William of Corbeil, and Theobald of Bec: Heirs of Anselm and Ancestors of Becket (The Archbishops of Canterbury Series)
By: Jean Truax (author), Dr. Andrew Chandler (series_editor)Hardback
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The first two archbishops of Canterbury after the Norman Conquest, Lanfranc and Anselm, were towering figures in the medieval church and the sixth archbishop, the martyred Thomas Becket, is perhaps the most famous figure ever to hold the office. In between these giants of the ecclesiastical world came three less noteworthy men: Ralph d'Escures, William of Corbeil, and Theobald of Bec. Jean Truax's volume in the Ashgate Archbishops of Canterbury Series uniquely examines the pontificates of these three minor archbishops. Presenting their biographies, careers, thought and works as a unified period, Truax highlights crucial developments in the English church during the period of the pontificates of these three archbishops, from the death of Anselm to Becket. The resurgent power of the papacy, a changed relationship between church and state and the expansion of archiepiscopal scope and power ensured that in 1162 Becket faced a very different world from the one that Anselm had left in 1109. Selected correspondence, newly translated chronicle accounts and the text and a discussion of the Canterbury forgeries complete the volume.
Jean Truax is an independent scholar who resides in Houston, Texas.
Contents: Part I The Archbishops and Their Careers: Introduction: the English Church as Anselm left it; Ralph d'Escures: a different kind of archbishop; The road to Rome: Ralph of Canterbury, Thurstan of York and the primacy dispute; Roman holiday: William of Corbeil and the Canterbury forgeries; Securing the future: William of Corbeil and the Anglo-Norman succession crisis; Juggling act: Archbishop, bishop, king, empress and pope; The limits of power: Archbishop Theobald and his neighbors; Trouble on the way: Theobald and the new regime; Conclusion: the world as Becket found it. Part II Appendices: Contemporary Documents; Bibliography; Index.
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