Aspects and problems of the Templars’ religious presence in Medieval Europe from the twelfth to the early fourteenth century

Schenk, J. (2016) Aspects and problems of the Templars’ religious presence in Medieval Europe from the twelfth to the early fourteenth century. Traditio, 71, pp. 273-302. (doi:10.1017/tdo.2016.8)

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Abstract

The medieval military orders were religious institutions whose members had professed to a life of combat and prayer that integrated them into a religious landscape exceedingly defined by diversity. And yet still very little is known about the military orders’ religious functions in the dioceses in which they held ecclesiastical possessions. By focusing on one military in particular, the Order of the Temple, this study aims to achieve two goals: first, to provide a critical overview of recent scholarship in the emerging field of military order (and especially Templar) religion, and second, to examine aspects Templar religious involvement in medieval society in general and the reactions of senior clergymen to the Templars’ religious engagement on parish level in particular. It argues that the Templars proved very keen on expanding their network of parish churches and that in so doing they proved willing to engage with the lay public on a much larger scale than has hitherto been believed.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Schenk, Dr Jochen
Authors: Schenk, J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Traditio
Publisher:Fordham University
ISSN:0362-1529
ISSN (Online):2166-5508
Published Online:29 November 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Fordham University
First Published:First published in Traditio 71: 273-302
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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