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By Antonia Gransden

ISBN-10: 1843833247

ISBN-13: 9781843833246

St Edmund's Abbey used to be some of the most hugely privileged and wealthiest non secular homes in medieval England, one heavily concerned with the critical govt; its heritage is an essential component of English heritage. This publication (the first of 2 volumes) bargains a magisterial and entire account of the Abbey in the course of the 13th century, established 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 quite a few facets in their rule, equivalent to their kinfolk with the convent, the abbey's inner and exterior management and its family with its tenants and neighbours, with the king and the relevant govt. Chapters also are dedicated to the clergymen' non secular, cultural and highbrow lifestyles, to their writings, booklet assortment and documents. Appendices specialize in the mid-thirteenth century bills which provide a different and distinct photo of the company and financial system of St Edmunds' estates in West Suffolk, and at the abbey's watermills and windmills.

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For the vacancy and the separation of portions between abbot and convent see also: JB, pp. 72–3, 81, 90; Gransden, ‘Separation of portions’, p. 368; Chapter 5 below passim. Robert of Cockfield and Robert de Flamville figure in a number of Samson’s charters. The former was an important landholder in the Liberty of the eight and a half hundreds and farmed the half-hundred of Cosford. Kalendar, ed. Davis, pp. xi, xii and nn. 3–5, xii, xxii, xl, and cf. below p. 62. , p. li. JB, pp. 9–10. , p. 291.

It ends incomplete in the course of the annal for 1212 owing to the loss of leaves from the only known copy. This last annal is a full, contemporaneous account of national events composed in 1212 or shortly afterwards. The earlier part of the Annales is mainly a compilation from various narrative sources. These are all well known until 1199.  This derivative part of the chronicle includes a few entries not found elsewhere which concern St Edmunds and are of some, though limited, value for the abbey’s history and latterly for Samson’s      Nearly all the charters are discussed and edited by Davis, Kalendar, pp.

There are a number of examples of Jocelin approving of Samson’s acts when he was no longer his chaplain. : Samson’s championing of the cause of the monks of Coventry in 1198 (JB, pp. 94–5 and below pp. 71–72); Samson’s refusal to strip St Edmund’s shrine of gold to help pay King Richard’s ransom; his rich gifts to the convent to help pay for the restorations of the shrine after the fire in 1198; the wise precautions he took to prevent a fire in the future (JB, pp. 97, 110, 116); Samson’s resistance to Richard’s attempts to deprive him of the wardship of an heiress in 1198 (JB, pp.

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