Monastic studies usually focus upon the post-Conquest period; here, in valuable contrast, the focus is on pre-Conquest monastic foundations, in the present-day counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. Tim Pestell considers the place of the monastery in wider landscapes - topographical, social, economic and political. He observes that by 1215 the Diocese of Norwich contained about a tenth of all English monasteries, a remarkable richness of patronage was no sudden flush of enthusiasm, but a manifestation of religious devotion that had been evolving in East Anglia since the seventh-century Conversion. By integrating archaeological and historical sources, Dr Pestell presents an in-depth examination of where and how communal religious life developed in the region over half a millennium. In so doing, he demonstrates how the more visible and better-evidenced post-Conquest monastic landscape was typically structured by its Anglo-Saxon past.
Dr TIM PESTELL is Curator of Archaeology at Norwich Castle Museum.
The book is well illustrated with some particularly useful maps. There is much in it that deserves to be explored further over a wider geographical area. EARLY MEDIEVAL EUROPE A book brimming with ideas. CATHOLIC HISTORICAL REVIEW This excellent book [is ] a stimulating and enjoyable read. LANDSCAPE HISTORY An attractive and lively publication. HISTORY This study is a welcome addition to the corpus of regional studies of monasticism that help to illuminate broader developments. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY
|Introduction : past and present approaches to monastic studies||p. 1|
|Monasticism in middle Anglo-Saxon East Anglia||p. 18|
|The first Viking age and its consequences for monasticism in East Anglia||p. 65|
|Monastic reform and religious life in the later Anglo-Saxon period||p. 101|
|The establishment of monasteries in the Norman landscape||p. 152|
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Series: Anglo-Saxon Studies
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.72