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The cartulary of Chatteris Abbey /
edited by Claire Breay.
imprint
Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 1999.
description
x, 479 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0851157505 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 1999.
isbn
0851157505 (hbk. : alk. paper)
general note
Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of London.
catalogue key
3369454
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [423]-433) and index.
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The text examines the nunnery's relationship with its patron, the development and management of its estates, the location and layout of the abbey, the social and geographical origins of the nuns, and the production and organisation of the cartulary.
Main Description
Takes its place as perhaps the finest available study of a house for women religious. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW The fifteenth-century cartulary of the Benedictine nunnery of Chatteris Abbey in Cambridgeshire (founded in the early eleventh century) has important implications for the study of women religious, especially in the light of the small number of surviving cartularies from English nunneries, yet until now it has received little attention, perhaps due to its damage in the Cotton Library fire of 1731. This critical edition of the manuscript, which contains documents copied into it from the mid-twelfth to the fifteenth centuries, offers a full transcription, together with historical notes and apparatus. The introduction draws on the cartulary itself, as well as manorial and episcopal records, to analyse the nunnery's relationship with its patron, the bishop of Ely, and the development and management of its estates; it also examines the location and layout of the abbey, the social and geographical origins of the nuns, and the production and organisation of the cartulary. The edition is accompanied by an annotated list of all known abbesses, prioresses and nuns.CLAIRE BREAY/gained her Ph.D. at the Institute for Historical Research at the University of London; she is currently a curator of medieval manuscripts at the British Library.
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15c cartulary of Benedictine nunnery illuminates relationship with Ely, estate management, and life of women religious.
Table of Contents
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Abbreviated References
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Acknowledgements
The Cartulary of Chatteris Abbey and the History of English Nunneriesp. 1
The Foundation and Patronage of Chatteris Abbeyp. 8
The Endowmentp. 25
The development and extent of the abbey's endowmentp. 25
The value of the abbey's temporalities and spiritualitiesp. 37
The chronology, type and size of donations made to the abbeyp. 41
The abbey's benefactorsp. 45
Donations to the abbey for purposes specified by the benefactorsp. 49
Dowry-grantsp. 51
Bequests to Chatteris abbeyp. 54
The Management of the Estatep. 58
Purchases, sales and exchanges made by the abbeyp. 58
The abbey's methods of exploiting its estatesp. 62
The sale and consumption of agricultural producep. 70
Millsp. 71
Manorial courtsp. 74
The abbey's officialsp. 76
The Abbeyp. 79
The site, plan and seal of the abbeyp. 79
The nunsp. 96
Chaplains, servants and lay-sistersp. 104
The Production and Arrangement of the Cartularyp. 107
Editorial Methodp. 132
The Cartulary of Chatteris Abbey and an Original Charterp. 138
The Known Abbesses, Prioresses, Nuns and Lay-sister of Chatterisp. 391
The Inventory of Chatteris Abbey, 1538p. 415
Bibliographyp. 423
Indexp. 435
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