(46) All barons who have founded abbeys, and have charters of English kings or ancient tenure as evidence of this, may have guardianship of them when there is no abbot, as is their due

from Barons of King John of England – The Magna Carta on Rap Genius


Temporal powers would all too frequently attempt to usurp the Church’s authority (the opposite abuse, the Church having great properties, was also sadly common). Separation of Church and state was still far in the future

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