Pastoral Care in Late Anglo-Saxon England

September 2005
3 black and white, 5 line illustrations
160 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Anglo-Saxon Studies
ISBN: 9781843831563
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press

Pastoral Care in Late Anglo-Saxon England

Edited by Francesca Tinti

The role of pastoral care reconsidered in the context of major changes within the Anglo-Saxon church.
The tenth and eleventh centuries saw a number of very significant developments in the history of the English Church, perhaps the most important being the proliferation of local churches, which were to be the basis of the modern parochial system. Using evidence from homilies, canon law, saints' lives, and liturgical and penitential sources, the articles collected in this volume focus on the ways in which such developments were reflected in pastoral care, considering what it consisted of at this time, how it was provided and by whom. Starting with an investigation of the secular clergy, their recruitment and patronage, the papers move on to examine a variety of aspects of late Anglo-Saxon pastoral care, including church due payments, preaching, baptism, penance, confession, visitation of the sick and archaeological evidence of burial practice. Special attention is paid to the few surviving manuscripts which are likely to have been used in the field and the evidence they provide for the context, the actions and the verbal exchanges which characterised pastoral provisions.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Francesca Tinti
The clergy in English dioceses c.900-c.1066 - Julia Barrow
The `costs' of pastoral care: church dues in late Anglo-Saxon England - Francesca Tinti
Ælfric in Dorset and the landscape of pastoral care - Jonathan Wilcox
Is there any evidence for the liturgy of parish churches in late Anglo-Saxon England? The Red Book of Darley and the Status of Old EnglishEnglish - Helen Gittos
Remedies for `great transgressions': penance and excommunication in late Anglo-Saxon England - Sarah Hamilton
The pastoral contract in late Anglo-Saxon England: priest and parishoner in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Laud Miscellaneous 482 -
Caring for the dead in late Anglo-Saxon England [with Jo Buckberry] - Dawn M. Hadley
Caring for the dead in late Anglo-Saxon England [with Dawn M Hadley] - Jo Buckberry


A significant and important contribution to studies into late Anglo-Saxon pastoral care. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW
A very valuable collection of new work on matters organizational, textual, sacramental and practical. THE YEAR'S WORK IN ENGLISH STUDIES
It deals with aspects of Anglo-Saxon history which are not often encountered and is full of interest. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

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