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

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

Barbara Harvey / Oct 20, 2019

Living and Dying in England The Monastic Experience 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 soc

  • Title: Living and Dying in England, 1100-1540: The Monastic Experience
  • Author: Barbara Harvey
  • ISBN: 9780198204312
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 WestminstThis 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.

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    1. The first version of this above-average social history originated as the 1989 Ford Lectures series at Oxford (the author is herself on the faculty of Somerville College), and a certain episodic quality remains. While the focus is on monastic life (especially among the Benedictines), Harvey argues that those in cloisters nevertheless assimilated a good deal of secular culture, so her observations are meant to apply, really, to many aspects of late medieval English society as a whole. Moreover, wh [...]


    2. Harvey's book is a in-depth look at Benedictine Monastic life in the 3 centuries before the Dissolution of the Monasteries in England. Concentrating on Westminster Abbey, she delves, in great detail, into six particular areas of monastic life: Alms-giving, Diet, Sickness and Infirmary life, Mortality, Monastic Servants, and Corrodies. Each section is illuminating, and sometimes a surprising analysis, of everyday life. I was unaware, for instance, of the significant departure from Benedict's rule [...]


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