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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.322) VII Conclusion
The English Benedictine Cathedral Priories

Joan Greatrex

Oxford University Press

The final chapter describes the assembly of Benedictine prelates and monks who were summoned by Henry V to meet him at Westminster in May 1420 in order to discuss the royal proposals for the reform of the black monks. Their response was lukewarm, partly no doubt because this was regarded as unwarranted intervention in monastic affairs. They reluctantly agreed to a few minor changes, but the king's death only two years later removed the pressure from that quarter. There is no evidence of any renewed effort to improve discipline and adherence to the Rule before the dissolution and there were many individual monks who became increasingly involved in their administrative responsibilities, domestic duties and secular obligations to the detriment of their community life. Nonetheless, among the succeeding generations of monks until the even of the dissolution there continued to be some who persevered in their obedience to a life in strict accordance with the Rule.

Keywords:   Westminster, reform, community life, rule, dissolution

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