How could a priest in medieval England, who was single at the time of his ordination, be guilty of bigamy? Can a person actually cheat on Jesus? Join us today as we discuss the ins and outs of this curious clause of canon law and how it brought the dreaded sentence of excommunication down on priests like William Gybbvuns.
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Stephan Kuttner. “Pope Lucius III and the Bigamous Archbishop of Palermo.” In The History of Ideas and Doctrines of Canon Law in the Middle Ages. 2nd ed. (London: Variorum, 1980.) pp. 409-454.
Kenneth Pennington. Pope and Bishops: The Papal Monarchy in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1984.)
Music by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)