Tuesday, October 05, 2004

France, History Of, The church

The organized church, despite losses from war and plague, continued to be better endowed economically than morally. The popes of Avignon were less distant and - save perhaps to their French relatives, merchants, and artists - less admirable than the reformer popes of the past; as the prestige of their schismatic successors plummeted, the higher clergy were confirmed

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