The Heads of Religious Houses

England and Wales, I 940–1216

The Heads of Religious Houses

This is the first of two volumes, which together form a catalogue of abbots and priors, abbesses and prioresses, of English and Welsh monastic houses between 940 and 1377. This present volume covers the period to 1216, and provides invaluable material for specialists in the period to study the biographies and personalities of the monastic orders, and to date undated documents. First published in 1972, it won international acclaim as a fundamental tool of medieval research. It is now reissued with substantial additions and corrections by Professor C.N.L. Brooke.


 Reviews:

"...the two volumes form an instrument invaluable not merely for the elucidation of the history of religious houses but also for an enhanced understanding of the entire society of which they were such an important element..." SPECULUM

Review of the hardback: 'The … scholarship is meticulous: the information and references on which all judgements are based are given in great detail … the compressed material is laid out with such clarity that both rapid scanning and close reading are easy … It is to be hoped that the remaining 163 years of monasticism in England and Wales will be covered in a third volume, to complete this already fine monument to medieval scholarship.' Welsh History Review

Review of the hardback: '… these two volumes constitute a major contribution to the grand and continuing project of unlocking the Middle Ages.' The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Review of the hardback: 'The invaluable volumes are astonishing compilations of information … No one working in English or Welsh medieval monastic history, and Cistercian history in particular, can afford to be without access to these fundamental volumes, and we can only be grateful to the compilers for providing us with such invaluable tools and such a rich mine of information.' Citeaux Commentarii Cistercienses

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The Heads of Religious Houses

Edited by David M. Smith, Vera C. M. London

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Book DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511495632

The Heads of Religious Houses

Edited by David M. Smith

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Book DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511495649