Monastic and Religious Orders in Britain, 1000-1300

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 28, 1994 - History - 354 pages
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It investigates how the monastic order was affected by the Norman settlement in the years after 1066, traces the impact on Britain of new European interpretations of monasticism, and details Britain's response to the challenge of providing for the needs of religious women. It also examines the constant tensions between the monastic ideal and the demands made on religious communities by the world, by their founders and patrons, by kings, and by the secular church, and explores the vital role of the religious orders in the economy.
 

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Contents

Before the Normans
1
The coming of the Normans
21
The regular canons
43
The new monastic orders of the twelfth century
63
Women and the religious life
85
The mendicant orders
109
The physical setting monastic buildings and the monastic plan
131
Inside a religious house daily life and the chain of command
159
Religious houses and the wider community founders patrons and benefactors
210
The monastic economy
233
On the brink of change
264
Glossary
269
Notes
272
Select bibliography
313
Index
333
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Learning and literary activities
187

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