Chapter 3, Condition of the Monks and Clergy

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National and Domestic History of England, Magna Charta, writen by W.H.S. Aubrey in 1869.

Book 2, Chapter 3, 827 AD to 857 AD – The Clergy and The Monasteries – Continued

 It must be confessed that this document, however interesting as a literary and historical curiosity, throws little light, if indeed any light at all upon the point in dispute, but as much has been made of it by ecclesiastical historians and others, it was needful to introduce it here. One thing appears certain, that, originally, tithes were devoted to a threefold use, one third being appropriated to the repair and ornamentation of churches, one third to the relief of the poor, and one third to the maintenance of the clergy. How far the money thus raised came to be diverted in after times to other purposes, and by what means the clergy came to be a wealthy and powerful corporation, with Read More >>>

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