Anglo-Norman Studies 31: Proceedings of the Battle by C. P. Lewis

By C. P. Lewis

The modern historians of Anglo-Norman England shape a selected concentration of this factor. There are contributions on Henry of Huntingdon's illustration of civil battle; at the political reason of the poems within the nameless lifetime of Edward the Confessor; on William of Malmesbury's depiction of Henry I; and at the impression upon historians of the overdue vintage background attributed to Hegesippus. A paper on Gerald of Wales and Merlin brings worthwhile literary insights to endure. different items take on non secular background (northern monasteries throughout the Anarchy, the abbey of Tiron) and politics (family background around the Conquest, the Norman brothers Urse de Abetot and Robert Dispenser, the friendship community of King Stephen's family). the quantity starts with Judith Green's Allen Brown Memorial Lecture, which gives a wide-ranging account of kingship, lordsihp and neighborhood in eleventh-century England. individuals: Judith eco-friendly, Janet Burton, Catherine A. M. Clarke, Sebastien Danielo, Emma Mason, advert Putter, Kathleen Thompson, Jean A. Truax, Elizabeth M. Tyler, Bj?¶rn Weiler, Neil Wright

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28 Janet Burton it was on the river Ouse, and in a position to control the traffic to and from York. The importance of the river is demonstrated by a number of charters of Roger de Mowbray in favour of Selby, which give evidence of how far the abbey properties were vulnerable to attack. Between 1143 and 1153 Roger granted the monks the manor of Middlethorpe, two miles south of York on the river Ouse, ‘for the damages and injuries I have inflicted on the church’. 46 Here Roger is admitting ‘damage and injury’ to the church, though whether physical assault or seizure of property is not clear.

They came to Fountains, armed, and breaking in through the doors, they arrogantly entered the sanctuary. They ran through the monastic buildings and took booty, and when they did not find the abbot whom they sought, they reduced to ashes with fire the holy buildings that had been constructed with such great labour. They had no regard for the monastic order; they had no regard for the altar. The holy convent stood near by and saw with no little pain in their hearts the buildings constructed with their sweat surrounded by flames, soon to be ashes.

This, then, provides physical evidence of the attacks that took place. Charters provide evidence that Fountains abbey and its properties suffered in other ways in this period. In a charter which Diana Greenway dates to between 1151 and 1155, Roger de Mowbray made a grant to Fountains abbey. 32 28 29 30 31 Translated from Chronica Monasterii de Melsa, ed. Edward A. Bond, 3 vols, RS 43, 1866–8, I, 115. Memorials of Fountains, 109–10. Chronica de Melsa, I, 116–17. Glyn Coppack, English Heritage Book of Fountains Abbey, London 1993, 32–4; R.

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