The Life and Letters of Thomas a Becket; Now First Gathered from the Contemporary Historians Volume 1

The Life and Letters of Thomas a Becket; Now First Gathered from the Contemporary Historians Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ... The sentence itself was pronounced by torch-light; at its conclusion the torches were extinguished, and the bells tolled; a messenger was then forwarded to all the clergy within the jurisdiction of the dignitary who pronounced it; it was repeated in all the Churches, and posted on the Church doors. And all those to whose knowledge it came, were forbidden, on pain of a To go into particulars: --the process of of Canterbury, and if the pope echoed his sentence, throughout civilized Europe. the circle where the offender was known. similar punishment, to hold any communion, i. e. friendly intercourse, with the excommunicated person. Thus it was at any time in Becket's power to create a sensation through the whole province But the sentence of excommunication was resorted to very sparingly. It was kept in reserve against great occasions, or as a last resource when milder methods had proved ineffectual. If a noble committed any offence against the Church, his first warning was conveyed in a studiously temperate remonstrance: if this failed, it was intimated to him in a courteous but very serious tone, that in case he persisted it would be necessary to proceed farther. The next step was a formal notice, that unless he repented before a certain day, his property would be put under an interdict, --a threat which, according to circumstances, might be executed with various shades of severity. But such a sentence, even in its mildest form, could not fail to create a very strong impression. And if the sentences of the Church were calculated to do this of themselves, there was something still more striking in the manner of delivering them to the offender. On this point the instructions given by the archbishop to Idonea, a nun, to whom on a very...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236800710
  • 9781236800718