Constitutions of Clarendon
The constitutions are a set of 16 articles passed by Henry II and designed to define the relationship between church and state in England. Half of the articles were concerned with the limitation of the procedures of ecclesiastical judges and the competence of the church courts. These articles reaffirmed the fact that the king's consent was needed for the excommunication of his tenants, that cleric who committed a crime should be punished. Furthermore, the articles touched on matters like the custody of vacant sees and England's relations with the papacy.
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