By Michelle Armstrong-Partida
Two hundred years after canon legislation prohibited clerical marriage, parish monks within the past due medieval interval endured to shape unions with ladies that have been marriage all yet in identify. In Defiant Priests, Michelle Armstrong-Partida makes use of facts from striking files in 4 Catalan dioceses to teach that retaining a relations with a household accomplice used to be not just a customized entrenched in Catalan clerical tradition but in addition a vital part of priestly masculine id, one 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From unpublished episcopal visitation files and inner diocesan records (including notarial registers, bishops' letters, dispensations for illegitimate beginning, and episcopal court docket 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 biggest establishment throughout Europe. those untapped assets exhibit the level to which parish clergy have been embedded of their groups, relatively 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 might develop into a battleground within which rivalries between clerics came about and younger clerics discovered from senior priests 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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Defiant Priests: Domestic Unions, Violence, and Clerical Masculinity in Fourteenth-Century Catalunya by Michelle Armstrong-Partida