By Karen Stöber
Lay patronage of non secular homes remained of substantial significance throughout the overdue medieval interval; yet this can be the 1st full-length research devoted to the topic. according to a variety of medieval documentary resources, together with wills, monastic registers, inquisitions submit mortem, cartularies and episcopal registers, this ebook lines the descent of those later buyers and assesses their actions, specifically their bequests and benefactions, their involvement within the affairs in their homes, and their burials within the conventual church buildings; and it argues that the binds which sure the 2 events jointly, no matter if amicable, detached or abusive, persevered correct up till the Dissolution introduced monastic existence in England and Wales to an finish. KAREN ST?BER is a Lecturer in Medieval historical past on the college of Aberystwyth
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130. 130. 192). Mon. 874–5. 56 and Mon. 550: t. Henry I. See the Appendix below. 113, 120. 114 The Talbots of Goodrich, earls of Shrewsbury, were another family who held on to the patronage of their monastery, Flanesford Priory in Herefordshire, until the Dissolution. Theirs, however, was one of the few fourteenth-century foundations among the English Augustinian houses, so the ties between the patrons and the religious community were still comparatively recent in the sixteenth century, and this undoubtedly accounted, at least partly, for the continued relationship between the two parties.
The king, as the greatest single patron, was responsible for the establishment of most of the old, venerable, often prosperous, foundations, and of abbeys and priories from all other religious orders. As well as being instrumental in the foundation of religious houses, the crown moreover accumulated the lands and estates, and with them also the monasteries and nunneries, of great families by inheritance, while also being the beneficiary of escheats, and especially forfeitures. 71 The patronage of a powerful royal patron, however, was not always entirely advantageous for a religious house.
See Mon. 139–41. 95 VCH Lincs. 170. 146. 97 Mon. 147. 163. 162. 100 Mon. 215. 190. 117. 879–80. 58. 106 As well as being subjected to external, normally royal, intervention, religious houses could also be part of straightforward business transactions between two lay parties, and as such bought or sold. 107 In 1361 Roger Lestrange bought the advowson of the priory from the heirs of Hamon de Massey. 108 Patrons might sell the advowson of a monastery for a number of reasons. It might pertain to a manor, or be situated on lands which were subject to a sale.
Late Medieval Monasteries and their Patrons: England and Wales, c.1300-1540 (Studies in the History of Medieval Religion) by Karen Stöber