A Brotherhood of Canons Serving God: English Secular Cathedrals in the Later Middle Ages (Studies in the History of Medieval Religion v.8)
By: David Lepine (author)Hardback
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This study focuses on the canons of the nine secular cathedrals in England in the later middle ages, who were amongst the most able and successful clerics of their age. After considering the functions of the cathedrals which provided them with a comfortable income and considerable status, Dr Lepine turns to the canons themselves, tracing their origins and analysing their careers. He examines the canons' residence at their cathedrals, establishing how many were resident in the close and how much time they spent there. The study concludes by presenting two case studies to show the vigour and diversity of capitular life in the later middle ages: Salisbury between 1398 and 1458 (its so-called golden age) and Lichfield from 1490 to 1540, on the eve of the Reformation. Dr DAVID LEPINE teaches history at Dartford Grammar School.
The secular cathedrals of later medieval England; the scramble for preferment - acquiring a canonry; canons' originals - geographical, social and educational; canons' careers; "to the praise, honour and glory of Almighty God" - canons' residence at their cathedrals; canons' houses, households and hospitality; the interests and activities of residentiary canons 1 - religious interests, 2 - intellectual and cultural interests; a brotherhood of canons serving God - life in the close.
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