Westminster Abbey and Its People, C.1050-c.1216

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This book surveys the monastic community at Westminster from the time when Edward the Confessor (1042-1066) adopted it as his burial church down to the end of the reign of king John. Originating according to legend during the Roman occupation, the West Minster was converted from a little collegiate church into a Benedictine monastery around 970. However, the growth of its significance largely dates from its massive endowment by king Edward, who commissioned a lavish rebuilding of the abbey church, a focal point in his programme of monarchical propaganda. Dr Mason covers every aspect of the abbey community in detail examining the careers of the abbots and priors, whilst ensuring that lesser figures are not neglected: monks; craftsmen; lay servants; the personnel of the royal court who were closely associated with the abbey. The author also considers the community's dealings with the growing ecclesiastical bureaucracy; the management of its properties, including its parochial churches; and its relationship with other religious houses. Dr EMMA MASON teaches in the Department of History, Birkbeck College.
 

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Contents

Westminster from its Origins to the Reign of King Edward
1
The Early Abbots c 970c l 136
31
The Abbots c 11381173
39
The Abbots 11751222
60
The Visible Monks
87
Scribes and Clerks of Westminster Abbey
100
The Abbey and the Hierarchy of the Church
116
The Abbey and the Royal Court
147
Westminster Abbey in the Monastic World
236
The Abbey and the Laity
248
The Cults Observed at Westminster
260
Conclusion
267
Westminster Abbey and the Monarchy between the Reigns
269
Westminster
288
The Donors of Westminster Abbey Charters c 10661240
306
Westminster Abbey and its Parish Churches c 10501216
318

The Abbey and the Courts
162
the Outer Estates
189
the Inner Circle
216
Tables
346
Index
369
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