Living and Dying in England: 1100-1540: The Monastic Experience

Living and Dying in England: 1100-1540: The Monastic Experience

by Barbara Harvey
     
 

This is a fascinating account of daily life in Westminster Abbey, one of medieval England's most important monastic communities. It is also a broad scholarly exploration of some major themes in the social history of the Middle Ages by one of its most distinguished historians. Barbara Harvey exploits the exceptionally rich archives of the Benedictine foundation of

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This is a fascinating account of daily life in Westminster Abbey, one of medieval England's most important monastic communities. It is also a broad scholarly exploration of some major themes in the social history of the Middle Ages by one of its most distinguished historians. Barbara Harvey exploits the exceptionally rich archives of the Benedictine foundation of Westminster to the full, offering numerous vivid insights into the lives of the Westminster monks, their pensioners, and their patrons. She examines their charitable practices, their food and drink, illness and death, the abbey servants and the institution of corrodies—a key aspect of the abbey's finances. Harvey sets her findings in the context both of other religious institutions and of the secular world. Full of color and interest, Living and Dying in England is a highly readable and authoritative contribution to medieval history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198204312
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.73(d)
Lexile:
1650L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Tables
Abbreviations
Introduction1
ICharity7
1Perceptions of Monastic Almsgiving7
2Monastic Almsgiving from Ordinary Income9
3Monastic Almsgiving from Special Funds23
IIDiet34
1The Problems34
2The Sample36
3Benedictine Diet, Regular and Irregular33
4Arrangements at Westminster Abbey41
IIISickness and its Treatment72
1The Empirical Approach72
2The Monastic Community at Westminster Abbey73
3The Treatment of Sickness at the Abbey81
4Morbidity in the Monastic Community at Westminster Abbey99
5The Diseases108
IVMortality112
1The Problems112
2Mortality at Christ Church, Canterbury, 1395-1505114
3Mortality at Westminster Abbey, 1390-1529115
4The Fatal Diseases129
5The Population Trend in Late Medieval England142
VServants146
1Perspectives146
2Monastic Households148
3Servant Life154
4Earnings at Westminster Abbey163
VICorrodies179
1Perceptions Old and New179
2The Main Kinds of Corrody181
3Grants in General184
4Grants in Exchange for Real Property192
5Grants in Exchange for Money198
6The Age and Marital Status of Corrodians207
Epilogue210
Appendix I Charitable Giving at Westminster Abbey, c.1510-c.1530214
Appendix II Catering in the Refectory and Misericord at Westminster Abbey C.1495-c.1525: Numbers and Messes216
Appendix III. Apothecaries, Physicians, and Surgeons Employed by the Abbot and Convent of Westminster, C.1300-1540231
Appendix IV. Estimating the Life-Expectancy of the Monks of Westminster236
Appendix V. Corrodians of Westminster Abbey, 1100-1540239
Bibliography252
Index269

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