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Monastic and Religious Orders in Britain, 1000–1300

Monastic and Religious Orders in Britain, 1000–1300


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  • Author: Janet Burton, St David's University College, University of Wales
  • Date Published: March 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521377973


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  • This book traces the development of monasticism in England, Scotland and Wales from the last half century of Anglo-Saxon England to 1300. It explores the nature of the impact of the Norman settlement on monastic life, and how Britain responded to new, European ideas on monastic life. In particular, it examines Britain's response to the needs of religious women. It covers every aspect of the life and work of the religious orders: their daily life, the buildings in which they lived, their contribution to intellectual developments and to the economy. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between religious houses and their founders and patrons. This shows the degree of dependence of religious houses on local patrons. Indeed, one major theme which emerges from the book is the constant tension between the ideals of monastic communities and the demands of the world.

    • The first textbook to cover England, Scotland and Wales during 1000–1300
    • Accessible textbook for medieval and religious studies students, highlighting the role of women in monasticism
    • Will appeal to wider public with an interest in monastic English Heritage sites
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521377973
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 6 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. Before the Normans
    2. The coming of the Normans
    3. The regular canons
    4. The new monastic orders of the twelfth century
    5. Women and the religious life
    6. The mendicant orders
    7. The physical setting: monastic buildings and the monastic plan
    8. Inside a religious house: daily life and the chain of command
    9. Learning and literary activities
    10. Religious houses and the wider community: founders, patrons and benefactors
    11. The monastic economy
    12. On the brink of change
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  • Author

    Janet Burton, St David's University College, University of Wales

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