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The Book of the Foundation of Walden Monastery : Oxford Medieval Texts - Diana Greenway

The Book of the Foundation of Walden Monastery

Oxford Medieval Texts

Hardcover Published: 1st March 1999
ISBN: 9780198203308
Number Of Pages: 288

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The monastery of Walden was founded c.1136 by Geoffrey de Mandeville, a prominent baron in the civil war of Stephen's reign. Its site just outside the town of Saffron Walden in Essex is now occupied by the great Jacobean mansion known as Audley End House. The Book of the Foundation of Walden Monastery, written by a Walden monk soon after 1203, is here printed in its entirety for the first time. This lively narrative relates the history of the Mandeville earls of Essex and the inheritance of their lands and title by King John's justiciar, Geoffrey fitz Peter. The monk-author describes the development of the priory at Walden and its elevation to the status of a Benedictine abbey in 1190, and in the final section of the work he traces the consequent conflict with Geoffrey fitz Peter, concluding the story with the death of Abbot Reginald in 1200 or 1203. The interest of The Book of the Foundation of Walden Monastery extends far beyond the local: the editors' introduction and notes establish its position as a valuable historical source.

Industry Reviews

`This first complete edition of the "Book of Walden" offers valuable insights into the relations between monasteries and their noble founders in the twelfth century' Medium Aevum, vol.LXX 2001 `required reading for all historians of this period as well as providing the most stimulating possible introduction to English monastic history for undergraduates.' Brian Golding, Ecclesiastical History, vol.52/2, April 2001 `the author's resonant biblical Latin is analysed and indexed, and felicitously translated ... this is a satisfying edition of a fascinating text.' Benjamin Thompson, EHR, April 2001

Prefacep. v
Abbreviated Referencesp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Text and Translationp. 1
Abbreviation of Book I Cc. 1-4 and 6 from the Roll of Founders and the Walden Annalsp. 167
Charters of the Founders, C. 1140-1227, from the Cartulary of Waldenp. 169
the Endowments of Walden Abbey Before 1227p. 192
Index of Quotations and Allusionsp. 207
General Indexp. 209
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ISBN: 9780198203308
ISBN-10: 0198203306
Series: Oxford Medieval Texts
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st March 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.49