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The English Benedictine Cathedral PrioriesRule and Practice, c. 1270-1420$
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Joan Greatrex

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250738

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250738.001.0001

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(p.1) I Introduction
The English Benedictine Cathedral Priories

Joan Greatrex

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides the general historical background to this study of monastic life in the nine English cathedral priories in the fourteenth century. It includes a detailed survey of the physical layout of their monastic precincts, drawing attention to their similarities and differences. This is followed by a section devoted to some general observations about the names and family origins of the members of these monastic communities together with some statistical information regarding the fluctuations in numbers during the period under study.

Keywords:   bishops, priors, cloister, chapter house, refectory, water-supply, toponyms

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