Robert Grosseteste and the simple benefice: a novel solution to the complexities of lay presentation

Hoskin, Philippa (2014) Robert Grosseteste and the simple benefice: a novel solution to the complexities of lay presentation. Journal of Medieval History, 40 (1). pp. 24-43. ISSN 0304-4181

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Abstract

That pastoral care was the main focus of Robert Grosseteste’s theological work and correspondence is well-established: Grosseteste is often characterised as the vehement, uncompromising promoter of the pastoral ideal in the face of strong opposition, ecclesiastical and lay. Less close attention has been paid to whether the records of his diocesan administration demonstrate the practical outworking of his pastoral theories. Although narrow in compass, his administrative rolls are not entirely sterile. They show Grosseteste experimenting with a novel form of parish organisation, using grants of simple benefices (simplex beneficium) to ensure appropriate provision of parochial priestly function whilst offering a constructive compromise to the laity who had the right to nominate clergy for churches (the patrons) when their candidates were deemed inadmissible. The practical outworking of these proposals reveals that they had both educational benefits, particularly for potential clergy, and allowed Grosseteste to focus his educational and pastoral efforts directly within the parishes.

Keywords:Medieval Church, Robert Grosseteste, bishop of Lincoln, benefices, Lincoln Diocese, oaclosed, NotOAChecked
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V214 English History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V320 Social History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V330 History of Religions
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:12822
Deposited On:03 Jan 2014 09:24

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