The Bishopric of Durham in the late Middle Ages lordship, community, and the cult of St. Cuthbert

This new study sets the medieval palatinate of Durham firmly in the context of a community built round the cult of St Cuthbert. North-East England contained some distinctive power structures during the late middle ages, notably the palatinate of Durham, where writs were issued in the name of the bis...

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Main Author: Liddy, Christian D. 1973-
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Suffolk Boydell & Brewer 2008.
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Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Cuthbert of Lindisfarne ca. 635-687 / Cult / Diözese Durham / History 1200-1450
Further subjects:B Durham (England : County) Church history
B Durham (England : County) History
B Catholic Church. Bishopric of Durham (England)
B Catholic Church Bishopric of Durham (England) History
B Cuthbert Saint, Bishop of Lindisfarne approximately 635-687 Cult
B Cuthbert
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Summary:This new study sets the medieval palatinate of Durham firmly in the context of a community built round the cult of St Cuthbert. North-East England contained some distinctive power structures during the late middle ages, notably the palatinate of Durham, where writs were issued in the name of the bishop of Durham rather than of the king and the bishop exercised secular authority as earl palatine. The core of the palatinate was the bishopric of Durham, an area bounded by the rivers Tyne and Tees and distinguished by an illustrious tradition, focusing upon Durham cathedral and the cult of St Cuthbert. Here resided the ‘Haliwerfolc’, the 'people of the saint'. This book, unlike previous interpretations which have tended to approach Durham primarily as a form of devolved royal power whose autonomy was gradually circumscribed by the crown, reviews the operation of palatine government in the light of more recent paradigms about the nature of power and identity in medieval England. In particular, it sees the concept of the county community as critical to a new understanding of the social and political history of the bishopric. In Durham this was a community built not upon patterns of landholding, social interaction or office-holding; it was in the concept of the ‘Haliwerfolc’ and in the cult of St Cuthbert that the inhabitants of the bishopric possessed their own distinctive culture of community and identity. CHRISTIAN D. LIDDY is Lecturer in History at the University of Durham.
1. Introduction -- 2. Land and power -- 3. Lordship and society -- 4. Office-holding -- 5. The Haliwerfolc and the politics of community -- 6. Epilogue
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ISBN:1846156122