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Landscapes of Monastic Foundation: The Establishment of Religious Houses in East Anglia, c.650-1200 (Anglo-Saxon Studies)

Tim Pestell

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ISBN 10: 1843830620 / ISBN 13: 9781843830627
Published by Boydell Press, 2004
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Title: Landscapes of Monastic Foundation: The ...

Publisher: Boydell Press

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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Monastic studies usually focus upon the post-Conquest period; here, in valuable contrast, the focus is on pre-Conquest monastic foundations, in the present-day counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. Tim Pestell considers the place of the monastery in wider landscapes - topographical, social, economic and political. He observes that by 1215 the Diocese of Norwich contained about a tenth of all English monasteries, a remarkable richness of patronage was no sudden flush of enthusiasm, but a manifestation of religious devotion that had been evolving in East Anglia since the seventh-century Conversion. By integrating archaeological and historical sources, Dr Pestell presents an in-depth examination of where and how communal religious life developed in the region over half a millennium. In so doing, he demonstrates how the more visible and better-evidenced post-Conquest monastic landscape was typically structured by its Anglo-Saxon past.

Dr TIM PESTELL is Curator of Archaeology at Norwich Castle Museum.

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The book is well illustrated with some particularly useful maps. There is much in it that deserves to be explored further over a wider geographical area. EARLY MEDIEVAL EUROPE A book brimming with ideas. CATHOLIC HISTORICAL REVIEWThis excellent book (is ) a stimulating and enjoyable read. LANDSCAPE HISTORYAn attractive and lively publication. HISTORYThis study is a welcome addition to the corpus of regional studies of monasticism that help to illuminate broader developments. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY

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