(58) In 1609, he was presented at an archidiaconal
visitation for the more serious offence of "Christening of children without his Surpliss and contrarie to the booke of common prayer and for not goinge in a sleeved cloak." Told to reform before his next appearance, in January 1609/10 he testified to his proper behaviour and was dismissed.
Yesterday the Bishop announced Rev Prys will be moving to the post of Archidiaconal
Chaplain at the beginning of April.
But no previous study has examined all the sources Harvey treats here with an eye to how they illuminate parish life: her sources include records of the bishop's consistory court and the archidiaconal
court, church court records of the metropolitan court, parish financial records, secular court records of the bishop's and prior's secular overlordship and the bishop's representation of the king's royal prerogative, records of matters touching on parish and the clergy more generally, general financial records, the priory's registers, cartularies, letter books, Ripon's sermon collection, scattered other sermons, and post-Reformation records of the court of augmentations and consistory acta.
Furthermore, in the consistory and archidiaconal courts of the Diocese of Canterbury in 1623, there was a success rate of around 70 percent in eases of non-attendance at church.
(97) Archidiaconal articles for the Archdeaconry of Lewes in the same diocese as late as 1785 even reverted to the formulation "Are there any of your parish who under the pretence of liberty of conscience neglect all public worship of God?" (98)
(104) In the Diocese of Exeter, although the final citations for absenteeism occurred as late as 1775 in the bishop's consistory court and 1807 in the archidiaconal court, presentments remained few and far between during the eighteenth century, the clergy often intervening to secure dismissal on the grounds of the offender's want of suitable clothes.
Emmison, Elizabethan Life: Morals and the Church Courts, Mainly from Essex Archidiaconal Records, Essex Record Office Publications 63 (Chelmsford: the Office, 1973), 77.
The York court itself probably heard between fifty and a hundred cases a year, perhaps more, whereas the central royal courts of common law heard cases in a quantity between one and two orders of magnitude higher.(39) But there was only one court of Common Bench, and there were seventeen diocesan consistory courts, perhaps as many as forty archidiaconal
(or commissary) courts, and an uncounted number of lesser ecclesiastical jurisdictions.
One priest of the troubled diocese of Chartres who was obsessively opposed to archidiaconal privilege was Jean-Baptiste Thiers (1636-1703).
(58) Thiers accepts that the archidiaconal function has evolved from the seven primitive deacons, yet asserts that pastors are the successors of the seventy-two disciples that Jesus Christ chose to preach his Gospel (17).
(73) It should be remembered, however, that Thiers ultimately sympathized with the visitation's principal purpose of controlling and thereby improving diocesan clergy; he objected to the display of archidiaconal authority becoming an end in itself during these visits.