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The Regular Canons in the Medieval British Isles

J. E. Burton, K. Stöber (eds.)
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XVIII+514 p., 48 b/w ill., 3 b/w tables, 6 b/w line art, 156 x 234 mm, 2011
ISBN: 978-2-503-53248-6
Languages: English
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Online content: http://dx.doi.org/10.1484/M.MCS-EB.6.09070802050003050302040806
This international and interdisciplinary collection of essays discusses the regular canons in the medieval British Isles from their emergence in the twelfth century to the end of the monastic period in the sixteenth century.

Of all the new monastic and religious groups to settle in the British Isles in the course of the twelfth century the regular canons were the most prolific. At the heart of their existence was the vita apostolica, but even more than other such groups the regular canons became involved in active spiritual care of their communities. Perhaps as a result of this feature they also enjoyed sustained support from founders, patrons and benefactors, and new foundations continued to be made long after the main force of the expansion of the monastic orders had declined. This interdisciplinary volume brings together scholars from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England who work on aspects of the history, culture, art history and archaeology of the regular canons in the medieval British Isles. Between them, the chapters of this book consider the regular canons in their wider historical and historiographical context, assessing their role in the religious, social, cultural, economic and political world of the medieval British Isles, and introducing new and recent research on this important religious group.

 

Table of Contents

Abbreviations

List of Illustrations

Introduction

JANET BURTON AND KAREN STÖBER

Part I: Origins, Organization, and Regional Developments

Anglo-Saxon Saints and a Norman Archbishop: ‘Imaginative Memory’ and Institutional Identity at St Gregory’s Priory, Canterbury

SHEILA SWEETINBURGH

The Regular Canons and Diocesan Reform in Northern England

JANET BURTON

The Augustinians Canons in Northumbria: Region, Tradition, and Textuality in a Colonizing Order

ANNE MATHERS -LAWRENCE

Augustinian Canons and the Survival of Cult Centres in Medieval England

ANDREW ABRAM

The Regular Canons in Wales

KAREN STÖBER

A Survey of Relations between Scottish Augustinian Canons before 1215

ANDREW T. SMITH AND GARRETT B. RATCLIFF

The Founders and Patrons of the Premonstratensian Houses in Ireland

MIRIAM CLYNE

The Chapter Office in the Gilbertine Order and the Rule of St Augustine

JANET T. SORRENTINO

Part II: Community Life

Corrodies at Houses of Regular Canons in England c. 1485–1539

ALLISON D. FIZZARD

The Augustinian Canons and Education

NICHOLAS ORME

The Regular Canons and the Use of Food, c. 1200–1350

DAVE POSTLES

Thornton Abbey: Canons and their Careers within the Cloister

JUDITH A. FROST

Augustinian Life and Leadership in Late Medieval England: Abbot Henry Honor of Missenden (1462–c. 1506) and his Register

MARTIN HEALE

Part III: Social Contexts

‘And then he added Canons’: Gilbert, the Order of Sempringham, and the Developing Framework of Gilbertine Life

GLYN COPPACK

The Augustinian Canons and their Parish Churches: A Key to their Identity

NICK NICHOLS

The Significance of Devotion to the Augustinian Canons by Members of the Nobility and Gentry in the Fourteenth Century

GRAHAM ST JOHN

Kinship, Locality, and Benefaction: The Uppington Heiresses and the Priory of Wombridge in Thirteenth-Century Shropshire

EMMA CAVELL

The Last Generation of Augustinian Canons in Sixteenth-Century Yorkshire

CLAIRE CROSS

Part IV: Cultural Contexts

The Augustinians, History, and Literature in Late Medieval England

JAMES G. CLARK

The Idol of Origins: Retrospection in Augustinian Art during the Later Middle Ages

JULIAN M. LUXFORD

The Standing Fabric and the Rockeries: Reconstructing Thurgarton Priory Church

JENNIFER S. ALEXANDER

Augustinian Regular Canons in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Ireland: History, Architecture and Identity

TADHG O’KEEFFE

Index of Houses of Regular Canons and Canonesses in the British Isles

General Index

Review

“The editors are to be congratulated for bringing together a rich and multidisciplinary work that reflects the wealth and diversity of recent and ongoing research in the field.  (…) This collection will make a significant contribution to our understanding of the order and will hopefully spur on further research into the regular canons.” (Julie Kerr, in: Reviews in History, 15 November 2012, www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1348)

"This hefty volume joins twenty-two essays devoted to the most widely dispersed, yet least studied among medieval British religious orders, the regular canons." (Ralph Hanna, in The Catholic Historical Review, Vol. 99, n° 2, April 2013, p. 344-346)

"The strenght of the volume under review here must be that it provides the reader with a clear understanding of many of the major currents in modern research into regular canons in medieval Britain and Ireland." (Catherine Swift, in: Óenach: FMRSI Reviews 5.2 (2013), p. 30)

"To sum up: this rich collection offers many insights into important features of the medieval regular canons, proving the importance of their communities for the medieval British Isles and far beyond. (...) The questions which the book rises and the exemplary answers it presents will hopefully receive due attention also in the non English-writing community of research on the medieval regular canons and help to enhance further mutual exchange." (Werner Bomm, in: The Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies, Volume 3 (2014), p. 145)

"Il s'agit dons d'un ouvrage bienvenu, susceptible de fournir des informations précises sur un terrain encore mal connu." (Mathieu Arnoux, dans: Francia-Recensio, 2013/4)

Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian Church : religious orders
Orders of canons regular
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Religious history
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
British Isles
Medieval History (400-1500) : subperiods
Late Middle Ages (c.1300-1500)

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