Living and Dying in England 1100-1540: The Monastic Experience

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byBarbara Harvey

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This is an authoritative account of daily life in Westminster Abbey, one of medieval England's greatest monasteries. It is also a wide-ranging exploration of some major themes in the social history of the Middle Ages and early sixteenth century by a distinguished historian of that period.Barbara Harvey exploits the exceptionally rich archives of the Benedictine foundation at Westminster to the full, offering many vivid insights into the lives of the monks of Westminster, their dependants, and their benefactors. She examines the charitable practices of the monks, their food anddrink, their illnesses and their deaths, the number and conditions of employment of servants, and their controversial practice of granting corrodies (pensions made up in large measure of benefits in kind). All these topics Miss Harvey considers in the context both of religious institutions ingeneral and of the secular world.

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This is an authoritative account of daily life in Westminster Abbey, one of medieval England's greatest monasteries. It is also a wide-ranging exploration of some major themes in the social history of the Middle Ages and early sixteenth century by a distinguished historian of that period.Barbara Harvey exploits the exceptionally rich a...

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This is an authoritative account of daily life in Westminster Abbey, one of medieval England's greatest monasteries. It is also a wide-ranging exploration of some major themes in the social history of the Middle Ages and early sixteenth century by a distinguished historian of that period. Barbara Harvey exploits the exceptionally rich ...

Barbara Harvey was formerly a Fellow and Tutor at Somerville College, Oxford, where she taught Medieval History, and is now an Emeritus Fellow of the College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:310 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198204310

ISBN - 13:9780198204312

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`The essay on sickness and its treatment is based on an extraordinary knowledge of the personnel and procedures of the monastic infirmary...This is a richly documented and thoughtful series of essays. Their conclusions illuminate important aspects of social history and invite comparativeresearch.'Journal of Interdisciplinary History