The pretext was the contumacy shown by the Locrian town Amphissa to the rulings of the Amphictyonic Council.
For this act of contumacy the king and kingdom were placed under interdict.
His long-deserved humiliation only began in the Winter of 1212-1213, when Innocent III., finding him so utterly callous as to the interdict, took the further step of declaring John does him deposed from the throne for contumacy, and the pope.
On France, in consequence of the contumacy of King Robert the Wise.
In 1592 parliament " ratified the liberty of the true kirk," leaving little liberty for king and state, since, in the phrase of one preacher, " the king might be excommunicated in case of contumacy and disobedience to the will of God," as interpreted by the ministers.