H3H03 MEDIEVAL ENGLAND 1066-1399 TUTORIAL TOPICS
12 THE MEDIEVAL ENGLISH CHURCH.
a) What were the principal Monastic orders in medieval England ? How
did they develop and how did they differ one from another ? What
functions did the monasteries perform in medieval society ?
b) What distinguished the Franciscan Friars from other momastic
orders ? Why did they become unpopular with the church
c) How was the medieval English church organised ?
d) Who were the principal elements in the hierarchy of the medieval
English church ? From what social classes were they drawn and
what duties were expected of them ?
e) What powers did the medieval church exercise over its
f) How was the church assimilated into the feudal hierarchy ? What
problems did this create for the ecclesiastical lords ?
g) What were the principal causes of friction between the Church and
the State in medieval England ? How were they resolved ?
h) Were there any significant heretical movements within or outside
the medieval English Church ? How did the church deal with such
i) What is meant by the concept of mysticism in medieval religion ?
j) What was the contribution of John Wycliffe and William of Ockham
to medieval theological and political thought ?
Using the relevant volume of ENGLISH HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS find, read
and annotate the following documents:
a) The Rule of St Francis (EHDIII)
b) Papal Provisions and Procurations (EHDIII 738-9)
c) The growth of anti Papal feeling, 1376 (EHDIV)
d) Statute of Provisors, 1390 and Praemunire 1393
e) Relations between cathedral and townsmen at Exeter
f) Statutes of the Provincial Chapters of the Black Monks in
g) The Book of Margery Kempe, 1436
h) Wyclif on the medieval church