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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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The years of maturity and responsibility: The duties of obedientiaries and senior monks

The years of maturity and responsibility: The duties of obedientiaries and senior monks

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(p.160) IV The years of maturity and responsibility: The duties of obedientiaries and senior monks
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The English Benedictine Cathedral Priories
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Joan Greatrex

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250738.003.0004

The administrative monks officials were known as obedientiaries, the emphasis deriving from the Benedictine Rule which makes frequent reference to obedience. Thus, the monk bursar or treasurer was given charge of the monastery finances; the almoner dispensed food and clothing to the needy and was responsible for a school for boys housed in his quarters; the infirmarer tended the sick monks in the infirmary; the precentor led the monastic chant and took care of the books in the library. These and the other eight or more obedientiaries are treated in turn and their duties in each of the cathedral priories compared. In addition, the dependent cells of Bath, Canterbury, Durham and Norwich with their priors are described in detail.

Keywords:   almoner, cellarer, chamberlain, infirmarer, precentor, sacrist, hostiller, feretrar

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