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St Edmund's Abbey used to be probably the most hugely privileged and wealthiest non secular homes in medieval England, one heavily concerned with the imperative executive; its heritage is a vital part of English heritage. This e-book (the first of 2 volumes) deals a magisterial and accomplished account of the Abbey through the 13th century, dependent totally on facts within the abbey's files (over forty registers survive). The careers of the abbots, starting with the nice Samson, give you the chronological constitution; separate chapters research a number of facets in their rule, comparable to their relatives with the convent, the abbey's inner and exterior management and its kin with its tenants and neighbours, with the king and the important executive. Chapters also are dedicated to the priests' non secular, cultural and highbrow existence, to their writings, booklet assortment and records. Appendices specialize in the mid-thirteenth century bills which offer a distinct and specified photograph of the organization and economic climate 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
He visited him personally and later sent envoys, on each occasion giving exceedingly rich gifts to him and to powerful figures at the curia. 28 Thus, the abbot of St Albans acquired the right to wear a mitre and the abbot of St Edmunds did not. The question of Adrian’s grants to St Albans became an issue at the papal council convened at Tours by Pope Alexander III in 1163. Among the numerous ecclesiastical magnates, heads of religious houses and the like attending were Robert, abbot of St Albans, and Hugh, abbot of St Edmunds.
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. xlvii–lx passim, 74–170. , pp. 291–2. The extant text of the Cronica Buriensis which (printed Memorials, iii. 1–73) is in a composite hagiographic and historical volume from St Edmunds, CUL MS Additional 850, ff. 25v–48v.
Some of the following account of Jocelin recapitulates in a revised form a paper I delivered at the Seventeenth Congress of Historical Sciences held in Madrid in 1992. (Section II. Chronological sessions, Methodology: the Historical Biography, ed. E. B. Ruano and M. E. Burgos (Madrid, 1992)), pp. 1138–46. JB, pp. 1 and nn. 1, 4. JB, p. 26. JB, pp. 35–6. ‘plurima notans et memorie commendans’, JB, p. 26. In classical Latin memoria can mean a memoir. Cf. below p. 11. JB, p. 129. Kalendar, ed. Davis, p.