Acts of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster, 1543-1609
Part II. 1560-1609
From Elizabeth I's refoundation of the collegiate church to reforms and improvements attempted and achieved in the early years of James I's reign.
The completion of Dr Knighton's edition of the first chapter minute book of Westminster Abbey records in detail Elizabeth I's refoundation of the collegiate church, including regulatio for preaching, the school and the library; the chapter's own housing is a continuing issue. Predominantly, however, the acts document the chapter's estate management: lease particulars shed light on the population of early modern Westminster and London. Favours sought by queen and courtiers are recorded, the exercise of the dean and chapter's ecclesiastical patronage is registered. At the end of the period the abbey was home to some of the most eminent churchmen and scholars of the day, Andrewes, Bancroft, Camden and Hakluyt among them. Reforms and improvements attempted and achieved in the early years of James I's reign conclude the volume. Index to both vols.CHARLES KNIGHTON gained his Ph.D. from Magdalene College, Cambridge.
"Reclaim[s] from archival obscurity illuminating fragments of Tudor England's institutional fabric. SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNAL ...distingushed by the meticulous editing for which Charles Knighton is famous. His numerous and thorough footnotes incorporate the results of much patient detective work [and] the study of an immense range of primary and secondary sources... The magnificent index enhances the usefulness of these volumes not only as a major source for the history of an exceptional institution, but also as a substantial topographical and biographical database." ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW