The Holy Bureaucrat: Eudes Rigaud and Religious Reform in Thirteenth-Century Normandy

The Holy Bureaucrat: Eudes Rigaud and Religious Reform in Thirteenth-Century Normandy

by Adam J. Davis

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In a book that offers a fresh perspective on the complex relationship between thirteenth-century institutional power and evangelical devotion, Adam J. Davis explores the fascinating career of Eudes Rigaud, the Franciscan theologian at the University of Paris and archbishop of Rouen. Eudes's Register, a daybook that he kept for twenty-one years, paints a vivid picture of ecclesiastical life in thirteenth-century Normandy. It records the archbishop's visits to monasteries, convents, hospitals, and country parishes, where he sought to correct a wide range of problems, from clerics who were unchaste, who gambled, and who got drunk, to monasteries that were financially mismanaged and priests who did not know how to conjugate simple Latin verbs.

Davis describes the collision between the world as it was and as Eudes Rigaud wished it to be, as well as the mechanisms that the archbishop used in trying to transform the world he found. The Holy Bureaucrat also reconstructs the multifaceted man behind the Register, reuniting Eudes Rigaud the intellectual, Franciscan preacher, church reformer, judge, financial manager, and trusted councillor to King Louis IX. The book traces the growth of a complex bureaucracy in Normandy that insisted on discipline and accountability and relied on new kinds of written administrative records. The result is an absorbing study of the interplay between religious values and practices, institutions and individuals during the age of Saint Louis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801444746
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 09/15/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Adam J. Davis is Assistant Professor of History at Denison University.

Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Formation of a Reformer at the Franciscan Studium in Paris2. Itinerant Archbishop, Itinerant Familia3. A Metropolitan's Contested Jurisdiction4. Fixing Broken Windows: Episcopal Visitation and the Mechanisms for Monastic Reform5. Shepherding the Shepherds: The Challenges of Supervising Normandy’s Secular Clergy6. An Ecclesiastical Administrator of Justice7. A Franciscan Money Manager: The Archbishop’s Two Bodies? 8. A Friar, a King, and a KingdomConclusionAppendix

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Theodore Evergates

"The Holy Bureaucrat is an admirable and engaging book in every respect. It provides a sensitive, evocative reading of Eudes Rigaud's well-known register of visitations through which it contextualizes Eudes's life, his office, the university of Paris and its curriculum, the church in Normandy, and the role of prelates in the royal administration of thirteenth-century France. This exceptionally fine book will appeal to the general reader and serves as a fine example of how historians work with primary sources."

John W. Baldwin

"Eudes Rigaud is a big subject, as big as medieval life itself. He interconnects with many facets of his age and provides a wealth of fascinating details that carry broad implications. In The Holy Bureaucrat, Adam J. Davis offers up a wealth of interesting and colorful material. Davis succeeds in introducing the reader to both the concrete world of the late thirteenth century and to the major and pressing issues of the day. I find this medieval scholarship at its most fruitful best."

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