English Benedictine Cathedral Priories
Rule and Practice, c. 1270-1420
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 440
Width: 17.3 cm
Height: 23.9 cm
The English Benedictine Cathedral Priories offers a detailed study of nine monastic communities. Joan Greatrex follows the lives of the young men, only some of whom are known by name, from the day of their arrival at the monastery to the moment of their death or departure. The individual chapters provide the details that fill in many of the gaps in the monastic biographies to be found in her earlier work. The result is the first comparative study of the implementation of the Benedictine Rule, and the daily routine, observances, and customs practised by the nine priories, as well as of the monks' progress through the successive stages of their monastic life. The author exploits to the full the archiepiscopal and episcopal registers, which record their official acts, in addition to the monastic accounts of the monk office holders who were responsible for the various departments within the monastery.
The result of her work is a commendable well-contextualised, rich and colourful account of the daily lives, inside as well as outside the choir, of these particular black monks. * Karen Stober, Journal of Ecclesiastical History Vol. 64.2 * A very important and well-informed volume. * Northern History *