The Enforcement of Clerical Celibacy in England following the Norman Conquest


By Brian Creese

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It will contain an analysis of the continence or otherwise of the higher clergy in England between 1070 and 1196.

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Not quite in scope for this site, but interesting nonetheless, the story of Heraclius, Patriarch of Jerusalem around 1180,, who had a mistress Pasque. At a meeting of the High Court a messenger burst in with news for the Patriarch. Heraclius invited him to tell the assembled dignitaries his news. ‘The Lady Pasque has given birth to a daughter’.