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The Bishop Hedmund tells Laegetha that he is forbidden to be with her by his church. Although the Pope did discourage marriage among the higher clergy to stop the possibility of claims on church land by any children from the marriage, the actual practice of clerical celibacy was instituted by the 12th Century Lateran Council. Before this order, again to stop any claims by legitimate heirs of clergy on church lands, priests were allowed to marry and father children, although the children were forbidden to inherit land belonging to the church. Tthe objection that the eldermen and churchmen had to Hedmund's relationship with Laegetha was primarily because she was a 'pagan'. See more