Medieval Church Councils in Scotland
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of Pages: 204
Width: 14 cm
Height: 21.6 cm
Uniquely in the kingdoms of western Christendom, the Scottish bishops obtained authority, in 1225, to hold inter-diocesan meetings without a supervisory archbishop, and continued to meet in this way for nearly 250 years. Donald Watt provides an authoritative study of these church councils from the Latin and English records based on original sources.In addition to creating an original work of considerable historical interest, Professor Watt brings discussion of the councils and their significance into the broader context of Scotland's political, legal, ecclesiastical and social situation over a long period.An important contribution to Scottish church history and to its influence on contemporary affairs.
"The detailed account of this institution which Donald Watt provides is, moreover, an impressively sustained piece of scholarship. The main body of evidence, the extant diocesan and provincial statutes, is bristling with interpretive challenges." The Journal of Religious History