By Michael Burger

This e-book investigates how bishops deployed gift and punishment to manage their administrative subordinates in thirteenth-century England. Bishops had few potent avenues to be had to them for disciplining their clerks and infrequently pursued them, who prefer to safe their carrier and loyalty via rewards. the executive gift used to be the benefice, usually granted for all times. Episcopal directors' safeguard of tenure in those benefices, even though, made them unfastened brokers, letting them move from diocese to diocese or maybe depart management altogether; they didn't represent a status episcopal civil carrier. This tenuous bureaucratic dating made the non-public dating among bishop and clerk extra vital. eventually, many bishops communicated when it comes to friendship with their directors, who spoke back with expressions of devotion. Michael Burger's research brings jointly ecclesiastical, social, criminal and cultural background, generating the 1st synoptic learn of thirteenth-century English diocesan management in many years. His examine presents an ecclesiastical counterpoint to varied reports of bastard feudalism in secular contexts.

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