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The Abbots and Priors of Late Medieval and Reformation England

Martin Heale


The importance of the medieval abbot needs no particular emphasis. The monastic superiors of late medieval England ruled over thousands of monks and canons, who swore to them vows of obedience; they were prominent figures in royal and church government; and collectively they controlled properties worth around double the Crown’s annual ordinary income. As guardians of regular observance and the primary interface between their monastery and the wider world, abbots and priors were pivotal to the effective functioning and well-being of the monastic order. This book provides the first detailed stud ... More

Keywords: abbot, prior, monastery, superior, leadership, religious house, Dissolution of the monasteries, medieval church, late medieval England, Reformation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198702535
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702535.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Heale, author
Senior Lecturer in Medieval History, University of Liverpool