The English Benedictine Cathedral Priories: Rule and Practice, c. 1270-1420

Hardcover | June 19, 2011

byJoan Greatrex

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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 individualchapters 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 asof 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.

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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 individualchapters provide the details that fill in many of...

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...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:544 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:June 19, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The early years of monastic life3. The community of professed novices and junior monks4. The years of maturity and responsibility: the duties of obedientiaries and senior monks5. Feria, fast, and feast: the rhythm of the liturgical year6. The closing years: illness, age, infirmity and death7. ConclusionAppendices: Books for study and leisureBibliographyIndex