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This learn makes a speciality of the canons of the 9 secular cathedrals in England within the later center a while, who have been among the main capable and profitable clerics in their age. After contemplating the services of the cathedrals which supplied them with a comfy source of revenue and significant prestige, Dr Lepine turns to the canons themselves, tracing their origins and analysing their careers. He examines the canons' place of dwelling at their cathedrals, developing what percentage have been resident within the shut and what sort of time they spent there. The research concludes via offering case experiences to teach the vigor and variety of capitular lifestyles within the later center a while: Salisbury among 1398 and 1458 (its so-called golden age) and Lichfield from 1490 to 1540, at the eve of the Reformation.

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79 R. L. Storey, The End of the House of Lancaster, new edition, Gloucester, 1986, 170. 80 Orme, Exeter Cathedral, 601. 81 This is discussed more fully in chapters 2 and 4. 82 Space precludes fuller consideration of this subject here but for an analysis of the (footnote continued on next page) Page 15 reflected a significant lay presence. 83 The laity's first loyalty remained to their parish churches but they became an integral part of cathedral life. They visited in large numbers as pilgrims to their shrines, encouraged by the spiritual benefits of the many indulgences granted by successive bishops and popes.

Title : A Brotherhood of Canons Serving God : English Secular Cathedrals in the Later Middle Ages Studies in the History of Medieval Religion, 0955-2480 ; V. 8 author : Lepine, David. publisher : Boydell ? --England--History, Church history--Middle Ages, 600-1500, England--Church history--1066-1485, Cathedrals--England--History. --England--History, Church history--Middle Ages, 600-1500, England--Church history--1066-1485, Cathedrals--England--History. Page i Studies in the History of Medieval Religion VOLUME VIII A Brotherhood of Canons Serving God English Secular Cathedrals in the Later Middle Ages This study focuses on the canons of the nine secular cathedrals in England in the later middle ages, men who were amongst the most able and successful clerics of their age.

Cathedrals were one of the few places in cities to have public clocks in medieval times. 82 As this examination has shown, many of the functions of secular cathedrals 73Historical Papers and Letters from Northern Registers, ed. J. Raine, Rolls Series, lxi, 1873, 243; York Civic Records, ii, ed. A. Raine, YAS, vol. cvi, 1942, 24. 74 Owen, 'Historical Survey 10911450', 157. 75Reg. Repingdon Lincoln, i, 13540. 76 For examples of this see Orme, Exeter Cathedral, 612 and Owen, 'Historical Survey 10911450', 133.

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