By Antonia Gransden
St Edmund's Abbey used to be some of the most hugely privileged and wealthiest spiritual homes in medieval England, one heavily concerned with the relevant executive; its heritage is an essential component of English historical past. This ebook (the first of 2 volumes) bargains a magisterial and accomplished account of the Abbey through the 13th century, established totally on facts within the abbey's documents (over forty registers survive). The careers of the abbots, starting with the nice Samson, give you the chronological constitution; separate chapters learn a number of elements in their rule, corresponding to their kin with the convent, the abbey's inner and exterior management and its family members with its tenants and neighbours, with the king and the valuable executive. Chapters also are dedicated to the priests' non secular, cultural and highbrow existence, to their writings, booklet assortment and data. Appendices specialize in the mid-thirteenth century money owed which provide a distinct and specific photograph of the company and economic climate of St Edmunds' estates in West Suffolk, and at the abbey's watermills and windmills.
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Additional resources for A History of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds, 1182-1256: Samson of Tottington to Edmund of Walpole
The sources for the abbatial succession was probably some lost list like that in the abbey’s late fourteenthcentury register, CUL MS 743, ff. 52–53v (Thomson, Archives, p. 3). Because of the use of variant versions of known sources and now lost sources, the Cronica contains some unique information. See Gransden, ‘Cronica Buriensis and the abbey of St Benet of Hulme’, pp. 77–82 (repr. in eadem, Legends, Traditions and History, pp. 239–44), and eadem, Exhibition Catalogue, pp. 269–70 and pl. LXXXIII B.
Liebermann, p. 150; Memorials, ii. 19–20. After 1188 he seems to have had no official position in the abbey until he was appointed guestmaster. It is also unknown how long he held that office and so is the date of his death. The chronicle itself ends in 1202, with Samson’s departure to visit King John in France on the convent’s business. This is all that can be learnt about Jocelin’s career from the chronicle. This identification entails accepting that the story in the chronicle concerning Henry of Essex, Norman Scarfe, Jocelin of Brakelond (Grace Guides on British Heritage, Leominster, 1997), p.
Then he turned to the assembled crowd of clerks, knights and other laymen; he asked them in future to advise him in his onerous administrative duties. Wimer, the sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk (1170–87), spoke on behalf of them all, promising to support, advise and assist him in every way, as their ‘dear lord, whom God has chosen for His own sake, and for the sake of the holy martyr Edmund’. Afterwards, Samson went to his 14 15 16 17 18 19 Above, chapter 2, p. 13 and nn. 8–9. JB, p. 18. JB, p. 19.
A History of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds, 1182-1256: Samson of Tottington to Edmund of Walpole by Antonia Gransden