Violence and Clerical Masculinity
This chapter shows that employing violence to resolve disputes, uphold authority, and exert male privilege in a patriarchal culture was key for clergy to demonstrate their masculinity in the parish community. Much of this clerical violence centered on the public nature of personal honor, which dictated that men had to avenge and restore their reputations. The conflict-ridden interactions between parishioners and their priests was a product of how fully integrated clerics were into village life, particularly when these hostile interactions were based on personal animosities and hatreds. Moreover, a great number of priests were reported to be belligerent, quarrelsome men who acted violently against parish villagers. They used violence to intimidate parishioners, a strategy that worked to bolster their control over villagers and parish affairs. Parish clergy used their status and clerical authority to establish a hierarchy in the parish that allowed them to subordinate their parishioners.
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