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MILLER, Edward. The Abbey and Bishopric of Ely : The Social History of an Ecclesiastical estate from the tenth century to the early fourteenth century. [With an editor's preface by M.D. Knowles]. Cambridge: at the University Press, 1969. Second Printing. Cambridge University Press Library Edition. Pp. (6),[v]-xii,(2),-313,(3). 8vo, black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought, New Series, number 1. Edited by M.D. Knowles. "A study of the formation of a large estate by Ely Abbey during the tenth and eleventh centuries and of the various social groups on that estate after the foundation of the bishopric in 1109 and down tothe mid-fourteenth century. A central theme is the way in which this estat e reflected the great movement of economic expansion during the twelfth andthirteenth centuries: the agricultural operations of the bishops themselve s, the fortunes of their peasant tenants and the relationships between the bishops as landlords and their tenants. In this connexion the problems of estate management are also discussed and the formation and character of a managerial class. The bishops, however, were more than merely landlords: theywere also feudal lords and possessed extensive local government powers. Th e book, therefore, also deals with their feudal as well as their agricultural tenants and with exercise by the bishops of 'public' powers. In this sense it tries to give a complete picture of the secular influence of the bishops, which was one of the dominating influences in the society of Eastern England." - from the dustjacket. Contents: 1. Introduction; 2. Origins; 3. The Old English Estate and the Norman Conquest; 4. The Medieval Estates of the Bishops of Ely; 5. The Peasantry; 6. The Honours of St Etheldreda; 7. The Liberty of St Etheldreda; 8. Administraton. Gift inscription inked to flyleaf, else very good in price-clipped dustjacket. 45.00
Title: Abbey and Bishopric of Ely : The Social History of an Ecclesiastical estatefrom the tenth century to the early fourteenth century. Second Printing i n dustjacket.
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