Monasticism in Suffolk

Monasticism in Suffolk

Suffolk has been home to monastic communities since St Felix and St Fursey founded the first monasteries in the seventh century, and today the county is home to both awe-inspiring monastic ruins and living communities of men and women devoted to prayer. This first complete survey of the monastic history of Suffolk traces the development of monasticism in the kingdom of East Anglia, its recovery after Viking destruction, and the flourishing of an extraordinary variety of communities in medieval Suffolk, ranging from the immensely powerful Abbey of Bury St Edmunds to tiny friaries and nunneries. The book examines the impact of the dissolution of the monasteries and the survival of the monastic dream, against all odds, in post-Reformation Suffolk. Finally, the book surveys the revival of religious communities in modern Suffolk to the present day, and provides a comprehensive gazeteer of all past and present monasteries in the county.

Contents: Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; Monasticism in Anglo-Saxon Suffolk, c. 629–1066; Monasticism in high medieval Suffolk, 1066–1300; Monasticism in late medieval Suffolk, 1300–1534; The dissolution of the monasteries in Suffolk, 1534–1539; Monastics in Suffolk in the post-dissolution period, 1539–1794; Modern monastic revivals in Suffolk; A gazetteer of Suffolk monasteries; Suffolk-born religious men and women, 1558–1800; Bibliography; Index


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ISBN 978-1-9997752-9-2
Publication March 2020.
208 pages, 234 x 156 mm, including many illustrations, some in colour.
Notes, bibliography and index.