Landscapes of Monastic Foundation: The Establishment of Religious Houses in East Anglia, c.650-1200

Landscapes of Monastic Foundation: The Establishment of Religious Houses in East Anglia, c.650-1200

by Tim Pestell

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Overview

Monastic studies usually focus upon the post-Conquest period; here, in valuable contrast, the focus is on pre-Conquest monastic foundations, in the present-day counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. Tim Pestell considers the place of the monastery in wider landscapes - topographical, social, economic and political. He observes that by 1215 the Diocese of Norwich contained about a tenth of all English monasteries, a remarkable richness of patronage was no sudden flush of enthusiasm, but a manifestation of religious devotion that had been evolving in East Anglia since the seventh-century Conversion. By integrating archaeological and historical sources, Dr Pestell presents an in-depth examination of where and how communal religious life developed in the region over half a millennium. In so doing, he demonstrates how the more visible and better-evidenced post-Conquest monastic landscape was typically structured by its Anglo-Saxon past. Dr TIM PESTELL is Curator of Archaeology at Norwich Castle Museum.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843830627
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 11/01/2004
Series: Anglo-Saxon Studies Series , #5
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.69(d)

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