By Antonia Gransden
St Edmund's Abbey was once essentially the most hugely privileged and wealthiest spiritual homes in medieval England, one heavily concerned with the critical executive; its heritage is a vital part of English background. This e-book (the first of 2 volumes) deals a magisterial and entire account of the Abbey through the 13th century, dependent totally on facts within the abbey's files (over forty registers survive). The careers of the abbots, starting with the good Samson, give you the chronological constitution; separate chapters research a variety of facets in their rule, equivalent to their family with the convent, the abbey's inner and exterior management and its family with its tenants and neighbours, with the king and the vital govt. Chapters also are dedicated to the clergymen' spiritual, cultural and highbrow lifestyles, to their writings, ebook assortment and records. Appendices concentrate on the mid-thirteenth century money owed which provide a distinct and specified photograph of the supplier and economic climate of St Edmunds' estates in West Suffolk, and at the abbey's watermills and windmills.
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Additional info for A History of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds, 1182-1256: Samson of Tottington to Edmund of Walpole
The date when Stow returned to St Edmunds is unknown, but the contents of the Cronica show that by 1335 at latest it was at St Edmunds. The compiler, Stow or whoever, used various records probably brought by the refugees in 1327. Many of the Cronica’s sources were versions of extant texts, for example the Annales Sancti Edmundi (see below and next note) and the Bury Chronicle (below p. 3). The sources for the abbatial succession was probably some lost list like that in the abbey’s late fourteenthcentury register, CUL MS 743, ff.
If he did not allow a free election, the letter was to be brought back to the six seniors with the seal unbroken, and destroyed. The deputies were to accept the king’s nominee, provided he was a monk of St Edmunds. The monks of St Edmunds had the good fortune that the king proved amenable. This was partly because of the presence in the abbey during the period immediately preceding the election of Augustine (Eystein), ‘archbishop of Norway’ (that is, of Nidaros, Trondheim). 11 He stayed in the abbot’s lodgings at St Edmunds from 9 August 1181 until 16 February 1182.
25v–48v. It records the succession of the abbots and individual important events. It is almost certainly by more than one successive author. Changes of authorship appear to occur in 1327 and 1335. To 1327 it may well have been compiled by the sacrist of St Edmunds, William of Stow, or by some other refugee from St Edmunds while staying along with him in the abbey of St Benet of Hulme (or of ‘Holme’) during the revolt of the Bury townsmen in 1327. The date when Stow returned to St Edmunds is unknown, but the contents of the Cronica show that by 1335 at latest it was at St Edmunds.
A History of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds, 1182-1256: Samson of Tottington to Edmund of Walpole by Antonia Gransden