Northampton, Councils of

Northampton, Councils Of (Concilium Northamptoniense), were held in the 12th and 13th centuries.

1. The first of these, convened Oct. 13, 1164, condemned Thomas, archbishop of Canterbury, for perjury, though it is very clear that the verdict was consequent on a royal threat which promised severe penalties to all who should uphold the prelate. See Wilkins, Concil. 1:435; Labbe, Concil. 10:1433.

2. Another council convened in 1176, by order of cardinallegate Hugo, and was attended by most of the Scottish clergy, who debated the right of authority of the archbishop of York over them. See Wilkins, Concil. 1:483; Labb, Concil. 10:1469.

3. A third council was held Nov. 2, 1265, by cardinal-legate Octobanus, and condemned all the bishops and priests who had sided with Simon, earl of Leicester. See Wilkins, Concil. 1:762; Raynal, 3:181.

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