The Obedientiaries of Westminster Abbey and their Financial Records, c.1275-1540

The Obedientiaries of Westminster Abbey and their Financial Records, c.1275-1540

Barbara Harvey

Hardback
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Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

The records of the office-holding monks of Westminster Abbey are of major importance not only for life in the cloister, but also for that of society outside. Approx. 4000 items.
ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY: A masterpiece of scholarly research and writing... This superb collection of financial records is now rendered easily accessible to scholars by means of a practical guide. May (B.H.)'s achievement prove to be the long awaited model that future scholars will follow to the benefit of us all. The obedientiaries - office-holding monks - of Benedictine monasteries in the middle ages led a life of more privilege and freedom than is usually associated with the profound understanding of the monastic life in the Rule of St Benedict. The records of the obedientiaries of Westminster Abbey are a source of major importance, not only for life in the cloister, but also for that of society outside. The typical obedientiary rendered his final account at Michaelmas (29 September) each year, and nearly 2,000 such accounts survive, but other documents were also produced throughout the year. The entire number surviving, approximately four thousand items, is listed here under the title of the appropriate obedientiary (including abbot and prior); an in troduction to each list describes the principal subject-matter of the records. BARBARA HARVEY is emeritus fellow of Somerville College, Oxford; her other work includes Living and Dying in England, 1100-1540: The Monastic Experience and The Estates of Westminster Abbey in the Middle Ages.

Details

July 2002
304 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Westminster Abbey Record Series
ISBN: 9780851158662
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC GLH, 1DBKESL, 2AB, 3H, 4P
BISAC HIS037010, HIS015000
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An enormous, perhaps unparalleled, collection of financial documents from any medieval English institution. As such, these records constitute an invaluable source of information about monastic life inside the abbey's walls and also its relations with the outside world. MEDIEVAL PROSOPOGRAPHY
Students of monastic culture will find this book a mine of information. CATHOLIC HISTORICAL REVIEW

Author Bio

Barbara Harvey is Emeritus fellow of Somerville College, Oxford.

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