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In medieval times the church played a vital role in society Philip of Gwynedd and Waleran Bigod are both prominent men of God They had similar occupations but fulfilled their duties differently Though both men held eminent positions they dealt with their power in very different ways Waleran took every opportunity to elevate himself Philip on the other hand was content with whatever power he received leaving the most important decisions to God Throughout the book Philip was at times afraid of positions of power and always had qualms about accepting them When Abbot Peter appointed him Prior of St-John-in-the-Forest he was surprised that he would be appointed to such a high position at such a young age and had doubts about his own ability to restore the small Priory Abbot Peter reassured him that God would assist him in the process but Philip was quick to retort with the question And if you were wrong1 Though he feared power in the beginning Philip gradually became more accepting and more confident about his ability to assert control over others His ambition to reform Kingsbridge Priory proved this as he thought to himself there would be a new prior new hope--2 upon Prior James death Under Philips administration Kingsbridge had been a victim of many devestating attacks both physical and political Phillip revealed an important side of him when William Hamleigh attempted to sack Kingsbridge a second time but failed miserably The townspeople made him a hero but he knew in his mind that it was not he who had saved them they had done it themselves Despite his new position as Prior he was still as humble as his Benedictine brothers Waleran Bigod constantly sought to raise his status in society During the Kingsbridge Priory elections he offered Philip a nomination for Prior However his ulterior motive was revealed very quickly You want me to make you prior of Kingsbridge I want you to make
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