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Monasticism in late medieval England, c.1300–1535

Translated and Edited by Martin Heale

Monasticism in late medieval England, c.1300–1535

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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7175-1
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: April 2009
  • BIC Category: Literature, Literary studies: ancient & classical, European history: medieval period, middle ages, HISTORY / Medieval, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Sources

Description

Monasticism in late medieval England, c.1300-1535 provides the first collection of translated sources on this subject. The volume covers both male and female houses of all orders and sizes, and offers a range of new perspectives on the character and reputation of English monasteries in the later middle ages.

The first section surveys the internal affairs of English monasteries, including recruitment, the monastic economy, standards of observance and learning. The second part looks at the relations between monasteries and the world, exploring the monastic contribution to late medieval religion and society and lay attitudes towards monks and nuns in the years leading up to the Dissolution.

This book is an ideal introduction to this topic for students and scholars. Supported by an extended and accessible introduction this collection of documents gives an unrivalled insight into the last phase of monastic life in medieval England.

Translator and Editor

Martin Heale is Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Liverpool

Contents

Foreword
Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction: Monasticism in late medieval England, c.1300-1535
PART ONE: MONASTIC LIFE IN LATE MEDIEVAL ENGLAND
1. The Essence of the monastic life: the Benedictine rule
2. Recruitment and Economy
3. Everyday life and administration
4. Buildings and adornment
5. Reform and visitation
6. Liturgy and spirituality
7. Learning
PART TWO: MONASTERIES AND THE WORLD
8. Monastic foundation and suppression in the later middle ages
9. Patronage
10. The Religious services of late medieval monasteries
11. The social services of late medieval monasteries
12. Relations with lay neighbours
13. Criticism of the monastic life
14. Monasteries and the crown
Bibliography of printed works cited
Index

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