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Westminster Abbey and its People c.1050-c.1216 : Studies in the History of Medieval Religion - Emma Mason

Westminster Abbey and its People c.1050-c.1216

Studies in the History of Medieval Religion

Hardcover Published: 28th October 1996
ISBN: 9780851153964
Number Of Pages: 408

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This book surveys the monastic community at Westminster from the time when Edward the Confessor (1042-1066) adopted it as his burial church down to the end of the reign of king John. Originating according to legend during the Roman occupation, the West Minster was converted from a little collegiate church into a Benedictine monastery around 970. However, the growth of its significance largely dates from its massive endowment by king Edward, who commissioned a lavish rebuilding of the abbey church, a focal point in his programme of monarchical propaganda. Dr Mason covers every aspect of the abbey community in detail examining the careers of the abbots and priors, whilst ensuring that lesser figures are not neglected: monks; craftsmen; lay servants; the personnel of the royal court who were closely associated with the abbey. The author also considers the community's dealings with the growing ecclesiastical bureaucracy; the management of its properties, including its parochial churches; and its relationship with other religious houses. Dr EMMA MASON teaches in the Department of History, Birkbeck College.

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`It was near to the royal palace and, until the construction of a palace chapel in the mid-twelfth century, the king, when in residence, heard mass in the abbey. It was the site of coronation and ritual crown-wearing. Westminster is thus to be seen in the context of royal government and the court. To balance this aspect, it is also viewed in the context of the monastic world of Westminster's cells and houses with which it had entered into bonds of conytraternity... Highly readable.' HISTORY A notable addition to a growing body of knowledge about medieval Westminster... from the time when Edward the Confessor adopted the church as his burial place and handsomely endowed it, until the end of John's reign... a dense and learned study. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW Extremely helpful for anyone working with Westminster Abbey and its muniments, and an instructive model for those dealing with other bodies of monastic records. SPECULUM Highly readable. HISTORY Indispensable resource. CHURCH HISTORY [US]

Acknowledgements
Preface
Westminster from its Origins to the Reign of King Edwardp. 1
The Early Abbots c.970-c.1136p. 19
The Abbots c.1138-1173p. 37
The Abbots 1175-1222p. 60
The Visible Monksp. 87
Scribes and Clerks of Westminster Abbeyp. 100
The Abbey and the Hierarchy of the Churchp. 116
The Abbey and the Royal Courtp. 147
The Abbey and the Courtsp. 162
Tenants and their Lands: the Outer Estatesp. 189
Tenants and their Lands: the Inner Circlep. 216
Westminster Abbey in the Monastic Worldp. 236
The Abbey and the Laityp. 248
The Cults Observed at Westminsterp. 260
Conclusionp. 267
Westminster Abbey and the Monarchy between the Reigns of William I and John 1066-1216p. 269
'The Site of King-Making and Consecration': Westminster Abbey and the Crown in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuriesp. 288
The Donors of Westminster Abbey Charters c.1066-1240p. 306
Westminster Abbey and its Parish Churches c.1050-1216p. 318
Map 1 The Demesne Manors of Westminster Abbey in 1086p. 343
Map 2 The Principal Estates of Westminster Abbey in 1535p. 344
Table 1 Abbots of Westminster c.1049-1222p. 346
Table 2 Priors and Other Monastic Officersp. 347
Table 3 Individual Religiousp. 349
Table 4 Identified Lay Officers of the Abbey and Villp. 351
Bibliographyp. 354
Indexp. 369
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780851153964
ISBN-10: 0851153968
Series: Studies in the History of Medieval Religion
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 28th October 1996
Publisher: BOLTON PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.74

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