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Based in 1415, the double monastery of Syon Abbey was once the single English instance of the order confirmed through the fourteenth-century mystic St Bridget of Sweden. After its dispersal on the Dissolution, the group survived in exile and was once in brief restored through the reign of Mary I; yet with the accession of Elizabeth I, many of the nuns and brothers once more sought safe haven at the Continent, first within the Netherlands and later in Lisbon. This quantity of essays lines the fortunes of Syon Abbey and the Bridgettine order among 1400 and 1700, studying a number of the ways that interpreting and writing formed its identification and outlined its event, and exploring the interconnections among overdue medieval and post-Reformation monastic historical past and the quickly evolving global of conversation, studying, and books. They expand our knowing of spiritual tradition and associations at the eve of the Reformation and the impulses that encouraged projects for early glossy Catholic renewal, and in addition remove darkness from the unfold of literacy and the sluggish and asymmetric transition from manuscript to print among the fourteenth and the 17th centuries. within the procedure, the amount engages with better questions on the origins and effects of spiritual, highbrow and cultural swap in past due medieval and early glossy England. E. A. Jones is Senior Lecturer in English, college of Exeter; Alexandra Walsham is Professor of Reformation background, collage of Exeter participants: E. A. Jones, Alexandra Walsham, Peter Cunich, Virginia Bainbridge, Vincent Gillespie, C. Annette Grise, Claire Walker, Caroline Bowden, Claes Gejrot, Ann Hutchison

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23–47. 70 Thomas Robinson, The anatomie of the English nunnery at Lisbon in Portugall: dissected and laid open by one that was sometime a yonger brother of the covent (London, 1623 and 1630), quotations from 1630 edn, at pp. 4, 17. 21 SYON ABBEY AND ITS BOOKS Disclaimer: Some images in the printed version of this book are not available for inclusion in the eBook. To view the image on this page please refer to the printed version of this book. 1: The post-Reformation Bridgettines satirised as a bawdy house: Thomas Robinson, The anatomie of the English nunnery at Lisbon in Portugall: dissected and laid open by one that was sometime a yonger brother of the covent (London, 1630), title-page.

217. 96 M. G. Sargent, James Grenehalgh as Textual Critic, Analecta Cartusiana 85 (Salzburg, 1984), vol. 1, pp. 75–109; and idem, ‘James Grenehalgh: The Bibliographical Record’, in Kartäusermystik und –mystiker: Dritter Internationaler Kongress über die Kartäusergeschichte und –spiritualität, Band 4, Analecta Cartusiana 55 (Salzburg, 1982), pp. 20–54. 97 A. I. Doyle, ‘A Letter Written by Thomas Betson, Brother of Syon Abbey’, in Takami Matsuda, Richard A. Linenthal and John Scahill (eds), The Medieval Book and A Modern Collector (Cambridge, 2004), pp.

A regular visitor to Syon, the latter had acquired special papal permission to enter monasteries of the Carthusians and other orders of enclosed religious and ‘hold salutary conversation with them and eat there’, in 1504, and her household accounts reveal regular payments made in support of its incumbents, together with offerings to St Bridget. 54 Well-to-do widows like Alice Beselles, 52 See the entries for these men in ODNB and the summary biographies in Gillespie, Syon Abbey Catalogue, pp. 576–7, 591–2, 585–6.

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