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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
1 Westminster from its Origins to the Reign of King Edward 1
2 The Early Abbots c.970-c.1136 19
3 The Abbots c.1138-1173 37
4 The Abbots 1175-1222 60
5 The Visible Monks 87
6 Scribes and Clerks of Westminster Abbey 100
7 The Abbey and the Hierarchy of the Church 116
8 The Abbey and the Royal Court 147
9 The Abbey and the Courts 162
10 Tenants and their Lands: the Outer Estates 189
11 Tenants and their Lands: the Inner Circle 216
12 Westminster Abbey in the Monastic World 236
13 The Abbey and the Laity 248
14 The Cults Observed at Westminster 260
15 Conclusion 267
App. 1 Westminster Abbey and the Monarchy between the Reigns of William I and John 1066-1216 269
App. 2 'The Site of King-Making and Consecration': Westminster Abbey and the Crown in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries 288
App. 3 The Donors of Westminster Abbey Charters c.1066-1240 306
App. 4 Westminster Abbey and its Parish Churches c.1050-1216 318
Map 1 The Demesne Manors of Westminster Abbey in 1086 343
Map 2 The Principal Estates of Westminster Abbey in 1535 344
Table 1 Abbots of Westminster c.1049-1222 346
Table 2 Priors and Other Monastic Officers 347
Table 3 Individual Religious 349
Table 4 Identified Lay Officers of the Abbey and Vill 351
Bibliography 354
Index 369
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