Episcopal Justice in a Time of Change: The Court of Portalegre, 1780-1835

31 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2020

Date Written: Mai 31, 2020

Abstract

This study examines the judicial activity of the Episcopal Court of Portalegre, based on a large number of cases, in the late eighteenth century and the first decades of the following century. It is a period of change, marked by a structural and tumultuous rupture of the paradigms of Roman Catholic Church authority, the power of bishops and the role of religion, triggered by Pombalism and established after the Portuguese Liberal Revolution of 1820. As the pastoral office was already strongly marked by the limitations imposed by secular power, it is particularly interesting to analyze the performance of this Portuguese Ecclesiastical Court in that historical context.

Keywords: Episcopal Court, Diocese of Portalegre, Church, State, Liberalism

Suggested Citation

Gouveia, Jaime Ricardo, Episcopal Justice in a Time of Change: The Court of Portalegre, 1780-1835 (Mai 31, 2020). Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Research Paper Series No. 2020-11, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3619826 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3619826

Jaime Ricardo Gouveia (Contact Author)

Universidade de Coimbra ( email )

Avenida Dias da Silva, 165
Coimbra, 3001-454
Portugal

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