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Etsi de statu was a papal bull issued by Pope Boniface VIII in July 1297. The bull was essentially a revocation of a bull issued the previous year; Clericis laicos. Whereas Clericis laicos had prohibited the taxation of clerical property by lay authorities, without the explicit consent of the papacy, Etsi de statu allowed it in cases of emergency.[1]

Clericis laicos had been directed at the kings of England and France, Edward I and Philip IV respectively. There were preparations for war between the two over the Duchy of Aquitaine, and the bull was meant as a preventive measure against taxation of the clergy.[2] Boniface, however, was faced by an embargo including the export of money from France, and had to back down, and issue the more accommodating Etsi de statu.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Canning, Joseph (1996). A History of Medieval Political Thought, 300-1450. London: Routledge. p. 138. ISBN 0415013496. 
  2. Powicke, F. M. (1962). The Thirteenth Century: 1216-1307 (2nd ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 674–7. 

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