Sunday, 4 March 2018

Pope Alexander III's Letter to Thomas Becket confirming Primacy of Canterbury

This was an attempt by the Pope to end the rivalry between the ecclesiastical provinces of York and Canterbury [and the See of London] in Canterbury's favour.

Pope Alexander wrote to archbishop Thomas as follows:—

" In accordance with the example of our predecessors Pascal and Eugenius of blessed memory, we grant to you and your successors the primacy of the church of Canterbury, as fully as it was possessed by Lanfranc, Anselm, and their predecessors. Whatever dignities or privileges are known to belong to that church, we confirm to you by this present letter, as your predecessors have enjoyed them by the authority of the apostolic see, ever since the days of St. Augustine."



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Jean Truax (15 May 2017). Archbishops Ralph d'Escures, William of Corbeil and Theobald of Bec: Heirs of Anselm and Ancestors of Becket. Taylor & Francis. pp. 7–. ISBN 978-1-351-95752-6.

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