By Antonia Gransden
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 significant executive; its background is a vital part of English heritage. This e-book (the first of 2 volumes) bargains a magisterial and entire account of the Abbey throughout the 13th century, dependent totally on facts within the abbey's files (over forty registers survive). The careers of the abbots, starting with the good Samson, give you the chronological constitution; separate chapters examine a number of elements in their rule, akin to their kin with the convent, the abbey's inner and exterior management and its kin with its tenants and neighbours, with the king and the principal executive. Chapters also are dedicated to the clergymen' non secular, cultural and highbrow lifestyles, to their writings, e-book assortment and records. Appendices concentrate on the mid-thirteenth century money owed which provide a different and particular photograph of the enterprise and economic climate of St Edmunds' estates in West Suffolk, and at the abbey's watermills and windmills.
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Lix; JB, p. xiii; Thomson, ‘Obedientiaries’, p. 99. For whom see Thomson in Electio, p. 185 and index under ‘Jocelin, almoner of St Edmunds’. This is quite possible: it certainly reads like one. Moreover, the description of Jocelin the almoner would fit Jocelin of Brackland nicely. 10 In its present form the chronicle was composed in 1202 or 1203. Jocelin, therefore, wrote retrospectively. He used written sources as well as oral testimony and his own recollections. 11 This must explain the intimate, personal tone of the chronicle.
The church belonged to the abbot and the pension had lapsed, very likely because pressure from the king had caused the church to be given in free alms to a royal clerk. But c. 1159–60 the church fell vacant and the JB, p. 39 and n. 1, and Cron. , p. 7. JB, p. 37. ‘Master William of Diss’ should not be confused with ‘William of Diss’, a monk of St Edmunds under Samson mentioned by Jocelin. JB, pp. 113, 138. JB, p. 44. JB, pp. 43–4, and Cron. , p. 7. ‘… licet liberalibus artibus et scripturis diuinis imbutus esset, utpote uir literatus, in scholis nutritus et rector scholarum, in sua prouincia notus et approbatus’.
6. JB, p. 14. See above p. 7 and n. 18. JB, pp. 14, 118, 125, 127. See esp. JB, pp. 100–2. JB, pp. 63–4. JB, pp. 120–2. JB, pp. 102–5. For Samson’s quarrels with the cellarer and sacrist see below pp. 32–8 and above n. 31. SAMSON’S BIOGRAPHER AND HIS WORK evidence in surviving official records. Such cases demonstrate the accuracy of these passages and encourage reliance on Jocelin’s testimony in general. A characteristic of the second part of the chronicle is its interest in and detailed information about the cellary, especially about the concerns of Jocellus, cellarer from 29 September 1197, to 29 September 1199, when he was deposed, and again from his reappointment on 29 September 1200.
A History of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds, 1182-1256: Samson of Tottington to Edmund of Walpole by Antonia Gransden