Landscapes of Monastic Foundation

November 2002
11 black and white, 50 line illustrations
296 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Anglo-Saxon Studies
ISBN: 9781843830627
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press

Landscapes of Monastic Foundation

The Establishment of Religious Houses in East Anglia, c.650-1200

Tim Pestell

A history of monastic foundations in East Anglia, from the middle Anglo-Saxon period to the Normans.
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.

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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

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