The friaries of medieval London : from foundation to dissolution / Nick Holder ; with contributions by Ian Röhrkasten, Mark Samuel and Christian Steer.

Author
Holder, Nick (Archaeologist and historian) [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Woodbridge : The Boydell Press, [2017]
Description
xv, 363 pages : illustrations, maps, plans ; 25 cm.

Details

Subject(s)
Form/​Genre
History
Series
  • Studies in the history of medieval religion ; v. 46. [More in this series]
  • Studies in the History of Medieval Religion ; Volume XLVI
Summary note
The friaries of medieval London formed an important part of the city's physical and spiritual landscape between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. These urban monasteries housed 300 or more preacher-monks who lived an enclosed religious life and went out into the city to preach. The most important orders were the Dominican Black friars and the Franciscan Grey friars but London also had houses of Augustine, Carmelite and Crossed friars, and, in the thirteenth century, Sack and Pied friars. This book offers an illustrated interdisciplinary study of these religious houses, combining archaeological, documentary, cartographic and architectural evidence to reconstruct the layout and organisation of nine priories. After analysing and describing the great churches and cloisters, and their precincts with burial grounds and gardens, it moves on to examine more general historical themes, including the spiritual life of the friars, their links to living and dead Londoners, and the role of the urban monastery. The closure of these friaries in the 1530s is also discussed, along with a brief revival of one friary in the reign of Mary.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-351) and index.
ISBN
  • 9781783272242 (hardcover)
  • 1783272244 (hardcover)
OCLC
985639920
Other standard number
  • 40027544871
RCP
C - S