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The Regular And The Secular: Plympton Priory And Its Connections To The Secular Clergy

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This chapter investigates the participation of Plympton Priory in the distribution of titles, and also to demonstrate the importance of religious houses in providing benefices to members of the secular clergy through a case study of the patronage of this particular English religious house in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. It makes use of this cross-section of the beneficed clergy in order to examine more closely the education, levels of ordination, origins, and connections of men who served as rectors or vicars in this period. Through a prosopographical examination of the kinds of men who were incumbents of benefices in the gift of Plympton Priory, one can gain a fuller understanding of the links between the priory and the secular clergy in the diocese, as well as a more complete picture of the place of a major religious house in providing support to those seeking benefices.

Keywords:Augustinian Canons; Exeter; plympton priory; secular clergy



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