Historia Selebiensis Monasterii: The History of the Monastery of Selby by Janet Burton

Historia Selebiensis Monasterii: The History of the Monastery of Selby

EditorJanet Burton

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The Historia Selebiensis Monasterii is an account of the origins of the earliest Norman abbey to be founded in the north of England following the Conquest of 1066, and of the history of the monastery in its first one hundred and six years. The history was written by a young monk of Selby in1174, and the unique medieval manuscript in which it survives appears to have been sent from Selby to the French monastery of Auxerre, from where the author claimed the founder-monk of Selby came. Weaving together historical narrative and miracles associated with the relic held at Selby Abbey, the middle finger of St Germanus of Auxerre, the author produced a lively and entertaining account designed to record the history of his monastery and promote the cult of the relic around which it hadgrown up. At the same time he created a past, and a corporate memory of that past, for his community. This volume contains a critical edition of the Historia, with English translation, and textual notes and historical commentary. The Introduction explores the dynamics of the text - its purpose,composition, and use of sources - and its significance as a source for monastic history. It offers a reassessment of the origins of the first Norman abbey in northern England.

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Janet Burton gained her BA at the University of London and her DPhil at the University of York before moving to Wales, where she is now Professor of Medieval History in the School of Archaeology, History, and Anthropology at University of Wales: Trinity Saint David. She is the author of books, articles, and papers on monastic history,...
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Title:Historia Selebiensis Monasterii: The History of the Monastery of SelbyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.03 inPublished:September 22, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199675953

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Introduction1. The Historia Selebiensis monasterii2. St Germanus, Auxerre, and the foundation of Selby Abbey3. Selby and the kings of England4. Selby in its monastic context5. Selby in its local context6. The miracles7. The Historia Selebiensis monasterii: sources8. The Selby monk and his audience9. Editorial methodText and translationList of sourcesBibliography