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Ad Locum Sanctum, Ad Stipendia Fratrum: The Bishop And His Cathedral

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Bishop Grimoard of Angoulême admitted that he needed to make amends to the canons of his cathedral of Saint-Pierre because he had behaved improperly regarding land belonging to the brothers. The property in question, which included vineyards and houses, had been left to the canons in the will of a man named Gerucius. The cathedral must have loomed large in the lives of tenth- and eleventh-century Aquitanian bishops. Their religious duties and power centered on the liturgy performed at its altar and on their control of the relics of its patron saint. Cathedral property was often understood simultaneously as communal and as individual, as belonging to the canons or bishop and to the cathedral as a whole.

Keywords: Aquitanian bishops; canons; cathedral property; Grimoard



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