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The Medievel English Church and the Primacy Disqute (Part II)
This paper deals with the latter half of the Primacy Dispute, focusing on the reign of Thurstan, Archbishop of York(1114-40). Chapter 3 discussed (1) Thurstan' s accession to the archbishopric, the struggle with Ralph, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Thurstan' s petition to resign from his office, (2) Thurstan's consecration by the pope himself, (3) the final stage of the Dispute between Thurstan and William of Corbeil, Arcbishop of Canterbury.
One of the reasons for the delayed settlement of the Dispute was Thurstan' s consideration of good timing for the settlement, without causing too much embarrassment and anger of Henry I and without resulting damages to York cathdral.
In order to clarify the historical significance of the Primacy Dispute, chapter 4 discussed (1) the kings' involvements in the Dispute, (2) the penetration of papal influence into England during the Dispute, (3) the reactions of each cathedral chapter to the Dispute. At the beginning of the Primacy Dispute, the archbishops took initiatives for the sttrugle, but gradually the cathedral chapters started playing more active roles. The Primacy Dispute may well be regarded as the struggle over the symbols by the cathedral chapters with their strengthening identities during the period.