Religion, Politics and Society in Britain 1066-1272

Mayr-Harting, Henry
Date published: 
May 2011
Henry Mayr-Harting charts the many ways in which a constantly changing religious culture impacted on a political system which was itself for the most part dominated by clerics and on a social and economic world in which monasteries functioned as major economic centres.  At the same time he shows how religious life in its turn changed in response to changing social conditions; how the friars were in part a response to increasing urbanisation, how rising population fuelled the economic activities of the monasteries, and how parish reform demanded a more educated clergy and by this increased the social prestige of the Church.