A Tale of Two Monasteries: Westminster and Saint-Denis in by William Chester Jordan

By William Chester Jordan

A story of 2 Monasteries takes an unheard of examine one of many nice rivalries of the center a long time and gives it as a revealing lens wherein to view the intertwined histories of medieval England and France. this is often the 1st ebook to systematically evaluate Westminster Abbey and the abbey of Saint-Denis--two of crucial ecclesiastical associations of the 13th century--and to take action in the course of the lives and competing careers of the 2 males who governed them, Richard de Ware of Westminster and Mathieu de Vend?me of Saint-Denis.

Esteemed historian William Jordan weaves a panoramic narrative of the social, cultural, and political historical past of the interval. It used to be an age of uprising and crusades, of creative and architectural innovation, of remarkable political reform, and of annoying foreign diplomacy--and Richard and Mathieu, in a single manner or one other, performed very important roles in most of these advancements. Jordan lines their upward thrust from imprecise backgrounds to the top ranks of political authority, Abbot Richard changing into royal treasurer of britain, and Abbot Mathieu two times serving as a regent of France throughout the crusades. by way of permitting us to appreciate the complicated relationships the abbots and their rival associations shared with one another and with the kings and social networks that supported and exploited them, A story of 2 Monasteries paints a bright portrait of medieval society and politics, and of the formidable males who inspired them so profoundly.

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21 Still, the capital was simply so large, probably one hundred thousand in population on the eve of Mathieu’s abbacy and steadily growing, that there was always a greater need for goods among the city’s inhabitants than the municipal markets could provide. There was also some specialization among the markets and fairs in the city and suburbs. Unmilled cereals tended to be marketed directly in Paris, while Saint-Denis’s Lendit fair offered almost no commerce in such grains. The same can be said of financial services.

7, col. 391. 2 On the date of his election, see the abbey’s so-called chronicle ad cyclos paschales (HF, 23:144), and GC, vol. 7, col. 391. See also Carolus-Barre´, Proce`s de canonisation, pp. 223– 24, and Richard, Saint Louis, p. 553. 3 On the town, parish, and parish church of Thore´, see Saint-Venant, Dictionnaire topographique . . du Vendoˆmois, p. 434. On the prevalence of Romanesque wall painting in the Vendoˆmois, see Davy, “Connaissance de la peinture murale romane,” pp. 35–41. 4 One other thing seems secure in this reconstruction: the Vendoˆmois, according to Meredith Lillich’s brilliant argument, stayed in Mathieu’s thoughts the rest of his life.

51 There were many other chapters in the Provisions of Oxford. Sheriffs, for example, were to be selected from among provincial dignitaries, a clear attempt to localize power, but their terms were supposed to be limited to one year, as well. And they and other local officials were to undergo systematic regular investigation of their activities in office. 52 Whether the royal humiliation would be redeemed by Sicily’s conquest remained to be seen, but there was no doubt as to the reality of the humiliation in June 47 Treharne, Baronial Plan of Reform, pp.

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