By Antonia Gransden
St Edmund's Abbey used to be essentially the most hugely privileged and wealthiest non secular homes in medieval England, one heavily concerned with the critical executive; its historical past is an essential component of English heritage. This ebook (the first of 2 volumes) deals a magisterial and accomplished account of the Abbey in the course of the 13th century, dependent totally on facts within the abbey's documents (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, comparable to their family members with the convent, the abbey's inner and exterior management and its kin with its tenants and neighbours, with the king and the significant govt. Chapters also are dedicated to the clergymen' non secular, cultural and highbrow lifestyles, to their writings, booklet assortment and information. Appendices specialise in the mid-thirteenth century debts which provide a special and special photo of the employer and financial system of St Edmunds' estates in West Suffolk, and at the abbey's watermills and windmills.
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Extra info for A History of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds, 1182-1256: Samson of Tottington to Edmund of Walpole
After 1188 he seems to have had no official position in the abbey until he was appointed guestmaster. It is also unknown how long he held that office and so is the date of his death. The chronicle itself ends in 1202, with Samson’s departure to visit King John in France on the convent’s business. This is all that can be learnt about Jocelin’s career from the chronicle. This identification entails accepting that the story in the chronicle concerning Henry of Essex, Norman Scarfe, Jocelin of Brakelond (Grace Guides on British Heritage, Leominster, 1997), p.
Besides the edition of Jocelin’s chronicle edited and translated by H. E. Butler used here, there is an edition of the Latin text with valuable end-notes ed. , xiii, 1840). The edition in Memorials, i. 209–336, is largely based on Rokewode’s edition. For a recent translation with useful end-notes see JB, ed. Greenway and Sayers. SAMSON OF TOTTINGTON, ABBOT 1182–1211 Unfortunately, Jocelin’s chronicle does not cover the last decade of Samson’s abbacy. Its value as a source for Samson’s abbatiate will be very evident in the pages which follow.
474–95 (where the possibility that Samson joined this mission is not mentioned). It was probably as a result of Samson’s mission that Alexander III included in his bull to St Edmunds dated 12 January 1162, the ruling that when the church of Woolpit fell vacant it was to return to the use of the brethren (‘… ecclesiam de Vulpet cum uacauerit in usum fratrum redire statuimus …’: Papsturkunden, iii. 282–3 no. 140; Pinch. , i. 4–6; Memorials, iii. 78–80. SAMSON’S EARLY LIFE AND CAREER 13 monks saw their chance of recovering the pension.
A History of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds, 1182-1256: Samson of Tottington to Edmund of Walpole by Antonia Gransden