Since this book was first published in 1931 the English church in the eleventh and twelfth centuries has been studied in depth, yet Z. N. Brooke's The English Church and the Papacy, now reissued with a new introduction by C. N. L. Brooke, remains the indispensable point from which all expeditions over this territory begin. The author set out first to determine what the law of the English Church was, and to seek the books on which it was based; then to draw out the consequences of what he had discovered in a general survey of the relations of England and Rome. The crisp, clear judgements on themes and characters in the second half are still worth pondering, for all the nuances that have been added since.
Table of Contents
1. Ecclesia Anglicana
2. The Western Church in the eleventh century
3. The law of the Western Church
Part I. The Law of the Church in England: 4.
The method of this enquiry
5. Lanfranc's collection
6. The twelfth-century collections
7. Medieval libraries and contemporary writers
Part II. The Relations of England with the
Papacy: 8. Lanfranc
9. William the Conqueror: the traditional
10. St Anselm: the rise of a papal party
11. Henry I: the maintenance of royal control
12. Stephen: the 'freedom of the Church'
13. Henry II and Thomas Becket
14. Epilogue: from the death of Becket to Magna