By Antonia Gransden
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 crucial govt; its historical past is an essential component of English historical past. This booklet (the first of 2 volumes) bargains a magisterial and entire account of the Abbey through the 13th century, dependent totally on proof within the abbey's documents (over forty registers survive). The careers of the abbots, starting with the good Samson, give you the chronological constitution; separate chapters learn a variety of facets in their rule, corresponding to their kin with the convent, the abbey's inner and exterior management and its relatives with its tenants and neighbours, with the king and the primary govt. Chapters also are dedicated to the clergymen' spiritual, cultural and highbrow lifestyles, to their writings, booklet assortment and documents. Appendices specialise in the mid-thirteenth century bills which provide a different and distinctive 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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Additional info for A History of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds, 1182-1256: Samson of Tottington to Edmund of Walpole
35. Printed Memorials, ii. 289–296. Above p. 9 and n. 36. 2 Samson’s Early Life and Career Samson was born in 1135 at Tottington in Norfolk (about nine miles northeast of Thetford). One night he dreamt that he was standing before the gates of the cemetery of St Edmund’s abbey and the devil tried to seize him, but he was saved by St Edmund himself who held him in his arms. Therefore, Samson’s mother took him to visit St Edmund’s shrine. It would seem that Samson’s regard for St Edmund and the abbey originated with this episode.
14; V. D. Lipman, The Jews of Medieval Norwich (Jewish Historical Soc. of England, London, 1967), pp. 16 n. 3, 59, 60 and n. 1, 61, 62, 107. With regard to property, he had direct responsibility for his own portion, and overall responsibility for the convent’s. To protect and promote these interests entailed frequent recourse to the law courts. The justiciar, Ranulf de Glanville, was initially uneasy at Samson’s succession because of his lack of administrative experience, but was reassured because Samson soon showed his ability.
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. 40 It is argued that Jocelin disguised his identity with the pseudonym ‘Jocellus’, a diminutive of Jocelin, so that he could write favourably about his activities as cellarer without contravening a monk’s duty of humility.
A History of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds, 1182-1256: Samson of Tottington to Edmund of Walpole by Antonia Gransden