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English Benedictine Cathedral Priories

Rule and Practice, c. 1270-1420

English Benedictine Cathedral Priories

Rule and Practice, c. 1270-1420

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£140.00

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199250738
Number of Pages: 440
Published: 19/05/2011
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.

Joan Greatrex (Retired (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada), senior member of Robinson College, Cambridge)

Joan Greatrex retired early from her teaching post at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, in order to pursue her research at first hand. Her interest in the English medieval cathedrals, in which monks rather than canons comprised the chapter, arose during the preparation of her doctoral thesis on Winchester cathedral. Since then, she has edited the monastic accounts of the former Peterborough abbey and the earliest surviving register of Winchester cathedral. The Biographical Register of the English Cathedral Priories (OUP, 1997) is the forerunner of this present volume. She has also published some fifty articles on related subjects in various scholarly journals and conference proceedings. She is a member of the Ecclesiastical History Society and of the standing committee of the Monastic Research Bulletin. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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

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