Lords Temporal and Spiritual: The Interactions of Papal and Royal Power in John Capgrave’s Abbreuiacion of Cronicles
Medieval Forum Vol. 5(2006)
This paper examines the reflection of the conflicting influences of John Capgrave’s era in the presentation of the relations of royal and papal power in his Abbreuiacion of Cronicles. Showing the influence of both the perception of the divine as the source of all human authority and the political climate of his times, with the emerging sense of national identity, Capgrave captures the changing spirit of historiography at the beginning of the fifteenth century. The state is still presented as closely connected to ecclesiastical institutions but increasingly independent from the Church.