Another native of the town, William de Ware, an almost exact contemporary of the future Abbot of Westminster
, became a renowned professional theologian and teacher of the even more renowned scholastic philosopher Duns Scotus.
When the Abbot of Westminster
is poisoned with hemlock on a diplomatic mission to France, it is only the first of several suspicious deaths.
The strength of her study arises from her expert familiarity with the polemic, often couched in the form of a dialogue between a Christian and a Jew, which was current between the times of Gilbert Crispin, abbot of Westminster
(died 117/18), and Peter the Venerable, abbot of Cluny (died 1156).
As a result of the hostility between him and Cardinal Wolsey, he was forced to seek refuge with the abbot of Westminster
, with whom he stayed virtually as a prisoner until his death.
Tutino begins by considering the controversy between the imprisoned abbot of Westminster
Abbey, John Feckenham, and the bishop of Winchester, Robert Home, in the 1560s, which was "a juridical dispute over the origin and extent of the temporal sovereign's power in relation to that of ecclesiastical authority" (13), and then goes on to the response of the Catholic theologian at Louvain, Thomas Stapleton.