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The Religious Orders in England

The Religious Orders in England


  • Date Published: September 1979
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521295680

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  • This volume opens with a survey of monastic life and activities in the early Tudor period, which throws new light on the fortunes of the Cistercian abbeys and on the influence upon the monks of the new humanist education. Chapters are devoted to Bishop Redman's visitations of the white canons, to the rural pursuits of Prior More of Worcester, to the friars ranged for and against the New Learning, and to the Carthusians; there are also a number of character sketches of notable abbots and others. There follows a review of the changing religious climate: of Wolsey's attempts at reform, of the all-perspective influence of Erasmus and of the career of Elizabeth Barton. The economic state of the monasteries is discussed as a prelude to the sombre story of the Suppression, illuminated by rare gleams of heroism. The fate and after-careers of the religious are treated in full from the record sources; there are chapters on the aftermath in Mary's reign and the linking with modern Benedictines, and an epilogue looks back over six centuries of English monasticism.

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    • Date Published: September 1979
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521295680
    • length: 540 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.833kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    Part I. The Tudor Scene:
    1. The reign of Henry VII
    2. Some monastic activities
    3. The Cistercians
    4. The Premonstratensians
    5. The friars in the early sixteenth century
    6. Sixteenth-century visitations
    7. Monastic personalities
    8. Humanism at Evesham
    9. William More, prior of Worcester, 1518–36
    10. Butley and Durham
    Part II. The Gathering Storm:
    11. Erasmus
    12. Reform and suppression under Wolsey
    13. European precedents
    14. Acceptance of the royal supremacy
    15. Elizabeth Barton
    Part III. Suppression and Dissolution:
    16. Before the dissolution
    17. The end of the Observants
    18. Syon
    19. The London Charterhouse and its sister houses
    20. The economy of the monasteries in 1535
    21. Servants, almsgiving and corrodians
    22. The visitation of 1535–6
    23. The Act of Suppression and the case for the defence
    24. The dissolution of the lesser houses
    25. The Northern Rising
    26. The last phase
    27. The attack on the greater houses
    28. The suppression of the friars
    29. The cankered hearts
    30. The transformation of the buildings
    31. The new cathedrals and colleges
    32. The disposal of the lands
    33. The treatment of the dispossessed
    Part IV. Reaction and Survival:
    34. The Marian restoration
    35. The old and the new
    36. Epilogue

  • Author

    Dom David Knowles

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