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Living and Dying in England 1100-1540 : The Monastic Experience - Barbara Harvey

Living and Dying in England 1100-1540

The Monastic Experience

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Published: 5th January 1995
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This is a fascinating account of daily life in Westminster Abbey, one of medieval England's most important monastic communities. It is also a broad scholarly exploration of some major themes in the social history of the Middle Ages by one of its most distinguished historians. Barbara Harvey exploits the exceptionally rich archives of the Benedictine foundation of Westminster to the full, offering numerous vivid insights into the lives of the Westminster monks, their pensioners, and their patrons. She examines their charitable practices, their food and drink, illness and death, the abbey servants and the institution of corrodies--a key aspect of the abbey's finances. Harvey sets her findings in the context both of other religious institutions and of the secular world. Full of color and interest, Living and Dying in England is a highly readable and authoritative contribution to medieval history.

`a work of outstanding importance, a substantial contribution to our knowledge of medieval social history...full of interest and very easy to read...a classic of brilliant historical research and writing' The Antiquaries Journal 'No short review can do justice to the subtlety with which Harvey approaches her subject and her sources; this is a book which no historian of the middle ages can neglect to read and digest.' P.R. Coss, University of Northumbria, Economic History Review, XLVII, 2 (1994) `readable as well as wide-ranging...students will find it helpful to have these overviews brought together and the results of some recent scholarship reported' Southern History (from hardback)'It is a measure of the book that the reader is faced throughout with big issues, not because they are raised as such, but because they are implicit in the life Ms Harvey describes in what can only be called loving detail.' C.F. Richmond The Ricardian June '94 `a work of outstanding importance, a substantial contribution to our knowledge of medieval social history...shows how far our general historical understanding can be advacned by careful thorough and deep study of a single archive. It is fair to add, however, that both the archive material itself and Miss Harvey's knowledge of it are quite exceptional ..it will be viewed as as a classic of brilliant historical research and writing' Antiquaries Journal 'Harvey places the daily lives of the Westminster monks under sharp scrutiny. Not surprisingly, we gain considerable insight into how well these monks actually lived, and not only by the standards of their own day. No short review can do justice to the subtlety with which Harvey approaches her subject and her sources; this is a book which no historian of the middle ages can neglect to read and digest.' P.R. Coss, University of Northumbria, Economic History Review, XLVII, 2 (1994) 'Those who have admired her previous books will not feel disappointed by this one, for this is very good social history: rigorous in its attention to detail, and based on tight statistical analysis, it is nevertheless thoroughly human, never allowing the annual ratios or moving averages to take place of the real monks...this is a book which makes a real contribution to some of the major themes in the social history of the period.' C.Given-Wilson, Medieval History 'this justly praised monograph illuminates not only an often neglected aspect of monastic life, but also the life of society at large' Thomas M. McCoog, Heythrop Journal `absorbing volume...no reader of this expanded version of the author's Ford Lectures at Oxford in 1989 will be left in much doubt that here is a book which will retain its relevance as long as the monastic life in medieval England continues to exert its perennial fascination.' The English Historical Review `The essay on sickness and its treatment is based on an extraordinary knowledge of the personnel and procedures of the monastic infirmary...This is a richly documented and thoughtful series of essays. Their conclusions illuminate important aspects of social history and invite comparative research.' Journal of Interdisciplinary History `Absorbing book...In six lucid and incisive essays Harvey expertly dissects the systems of everyday life of both the monks and the wider community within the Abbey...There is an exemplary clear exposition of statistical adjustments to the basic mortality data and equally lucid discussion of various measures of mortality change...In simultaneously extending knowledge of late-medieval demograohy, and pointing to its limits, Harvey most usefully highlights the need for new methods and sources in addressing long-standing questions about late-medieval demographic regimes.' Albion

Prefacep. v
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Charityp. 7
Dietp. 34
Sickness and Its Treatmentp. 72
Mortalityp. 112
Servantsp. 146
Corrodiesp. 179
Charitable Giving at Westminster Abbey, c.1510-c.1530p. 214
Catering in the Refectory and Misericord at Westminster Abbey c.1495-c.1525: Numbers and Messesp. 216
Apothecaries, Physicians, and Surgeons Employed by the Abbot and Convent of Westminster c.1300-1540p. 231
Bibliographyp. 252
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780198204312
ISBN-10: 0198204310
Series: Ford Lectures
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 5th January 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 16.82  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.51