Late Medieval Monasteries and their Patrons

Late Medieval Monasteries and their Patrons

England and Wales, c.1300-1540

Karen Stöber


Boydell Press



Challenges the orthodox view that lay patronage of monasteries dwindled in significance throughout the middle ages.
Lay patronage of religious houses remained of considerable importance during the late medieval period; but this is the first full-length study dedicated to the subject. Based on a wide range of medieval documentary sources, including wills, monastic registers, inquisitions post mortem, cartularies and episcopal registers, this book traces the descent of these later patrons and assesses their activities, in particular their bequests and benefactions, their involvement in the affairs of their houses, and their burials in the conventual churches; and it argues that the ties which bound the two parties together, whether amicable, indifferent or abusive, continued right up until the Dissolution brought monastic life in England and Wales to an end.
KAREN STÖBER is a Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Aberystwyth

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January 2007
300 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in the History of Medieval Religion
ISBN: 9781843832843
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
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Table of Contents

Monasticism and Patronage in England and Wales: Continuity and Change
Manifestations of Monastic Patronage in the Later Middle Ages
The Burial Preferences of Monastic Patrons in the Later Middle Ages
The Monastic Patronage of Five Noble Families
Patrons at the Dissolution
Appendix: Medieval English and Welsh Monasteries and their Patrons


A thorough, well-detailed book. CHURCH HISTORY
An important study of later medieval patronage. This is an excellent study, providing the basis for understanding the functioning of the great majority of monastic houses that were neither rich nor filled with religious long after their original foundation but before their eventual suppression.

Stöber has provided an extensive and very readable survey of the later medieval lay patrons that extends our understanding of their monastic houses and their piety. It is a very real contribution to monastic studies in England and Wales. CATHOLIC HISTORICAL REVIEW
Informative, persuasive and well-documented. This book should be on the shelves of academics as well as monastic libraries. SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNAL
[This] faultless book rescues a neglected subject. THE TABLET
Stöber's range of source material, coverage of the varied religious orders and location of houses in England and Wales must be commended. This piece is weighty in providing examples from as many monasteries and nunneries, where possible, and endeavors to give the reader a broader understanding of lay patronage in this period. HISTORIANS OF WOMEN RELIGIOUS website
Offers a valuable contribution to attempts to understand the role of religious houses in English society between c.1300 and the Dissolutions. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW,

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