This narrative of events between the years 1173 and 1202--as recorded by Jocelin of Brakelond, a monk who lived in the abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, in the region of West Suffolk--affords many unique insights into the life of a medieval religious community. It depicts the daily worship in the abbey church and the beliefs and values shared by the monks, as well as the whispered conversations, rumors, and disagreements within the cloister--and the bustling life of the market-town of Bury, just outside the abbey walls. This edition offers the first modern translation from the Latin to appear since 1949.
'for its simplicity and clarity it is a joy to read'
Bury Free Press
'A very readable translation of a text that gives a substantial impression of life - especially monastic - in the 12th century.'
Dr J. Hines, University of Wales, Cardiff
'gives a precious insight into the soul of a mediaeval monastery ... It is difficult to choose between the delights of this piece. Diana Greenway and Jane Sayers are to be congratulated on a translation which is plain prose, on an introduction and notes which really present the text, and on sub-editing the text in a way which much increases its accessibility.'
Peter Hackett, Month
'The translation is clear and unfussy, up-to-date but not colloquial.'
Edmund King, University of Sheffield, Journal of Ecclesiastical History