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Chronicle of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds (Oxford World's Classics)


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    Jocelin of Brakelond(Author) Diana Greenway(Translator) Jane Sayers(Translator)
This is the first English translation for forty years of a medieval classic, offering vivid and unique insight into the life of a great monastery in late twelfth-century England. The translation brilliantly communicates the interest and immediacy of Jocelin's narrative, and the annotation is particularly clear and helpful.
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'for its simplicity and clarity it is a joy to read' Bury Free Press'A very readable translation of a text that gives a substantial impression of life - especially monastic - in the 12th century.' Dr J. Hines, University of Wales, Cardiff'gives a precious insight into the soul of a mediaeval monastery ... It is difficult to choose between the delights of this piece. Diana Greenway and Jane Sayers are to be congratulated on a translation which is plain prose, on an introduction and notes which really present the text, and on sub-editing the text in a way which much increases its accessibility.' Peter Hackett, Month'The translation is clear and unfussy, up-to-date but not colloquial.' Edmund King, University of Sheffield, Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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  • By Mr. Stephen R. Hogarth-jeans on 27 November 2009

    Despite my disappointment at the brevity of this book I realise this is constrained by the original chronicle.This modern translation seems excellent and although I havent seen the sources yet it rings true of its time and genre.The bibliography and introduction/notes are most helpfull and the contextual background very useful.The story told by the chronicle is unusual in its personal content and emotional honesty,as well as insights to monastic lives,disputes and minutiae of the 12th century.In short an excellent study,slightly marred by the print quality and production but it was cheap and you get what you pay for,as ever. SRH-J

  • By Mr. G. J. Coldham on 13 October 2007

    Jocelyn de Brakelond whose name is of Breckland, Norfolk, was a monk who chronicled events at Edmondsbury Abbey between 1173-1202 AD.His text is empirical, objective, unpretentious.One only wishes he could have turned his hand to a broader history. He evinces such historical accuracy. There is aloofness; an ivory-tower separation from the tawdry brutish life of society beyond their walls.This is "another world truly," wrote Carlyle, "...who knows but we ourselves had taken refuge from an evil Time and fled to dwell here, and meditate on an Eternity, in such fashion as we could."Carlyle sees him as "patient, peaceable, loving, smiling nature. Wise simplicity is in him, much natural sense, a veracity that goes deeper than words." Jocelin mentions that he (Jocelin) wrote another work, "The Book of the Miracles of St. Robert" regarding a boy supposedly killed by a Jewish man in 1118.The Abbot at the time was Samson de Tottington, born in 1135 at Tottington, near Thetford, in Norfolk. His father appears to have died when Samson was young, hence he was sent to be a cloistered novice monk. He was tutored by William of Diss, and at the University of Paris, had a big nose, bushy brows, clear-flashing eyes, and a russet beard.Jocelin was Samson's chaplain. In 1198 and 1200 he was Guest-master, and in 1212, Almoner.TABLE OF CONTENTSHow abbot Hugh ruled the church of St. EdmundHow the monastery was freed from legatine visitationConcerning master Dennis the cellarerHow abbot Hugh strove to win the favour of master SamsonHow abbot Hugh came by his deathHow the death of abbot Hugh was told to the king, and of those things which the servants of the king did .How the prior ruled the monastery, while there was no abbotHow the cellarer and the sacristan behaved during the vacancyConcerning the conduct of Samson the sub-sacristan during the vacancyHow the enemies of Samson prevailed against him, but only for a timeHow the monks disputed amongst themselves which of them should be abbotHow Samson the subsacristan bore himself while others discussed the vacancy .How the author spoke his mind too hastilyHow the archbishop of Norway dwelt in the abbot's lodgings while the abbacy was vacantOf the martyrdom of Saint RobertHow thirteen men were chosen, by command of the king, to elect an abbot in the presence of the kingHow Samson suggested that the monastery should appoint men to make a secret choice of an abbot, and how this was done.How, on the advice of Samson, it was decided what should be done if the king would not grant freedom of electionHow the chosen thirteen journeyed to the kingOf the dreams which the brothers dreamed concerning the election of a new abbot .How the thirteen came to the king and showed to him the names of those whom the confessors had selectedHow the thirteen, by command of the king, chose three other names from the monastery and three strangersHow the list of names was reduced from nine to twoHow Samson was elected abbotHow the news of the election came to the monastery, and how Samson was blessed.How Samson, having been made abbot, returned and was received at the monasteryHow abbot Samson began to rule the monasteryHow the abbot met the demand of Thomas de Hastings that his nephew should be stewardHow the abbot dealt with the lands of his houseOf that which was done at the abbot's first chapterHow certain men wished to conspire against the abbotHow the abbot journeyed through the landsof Saint Edmund, and how lie escaped death at WarktonHow the creditors of the abbey demanded payment, and how the abbot took his manors into his own handHow the abbot did not then take Harlow into his own handHow the abbot managed the lands which he farmed himselfHow abbot Samson was made a justice, and how he bore himself in this officeHow some men made complaint against the abbot How the author talked with the abbot concerning the sadness of his manner . Concerning a dream which the abbot had when a boyHow the abbot restrained his temper that he might not offendHow the abbot forbade secret accusations, and how he ordered the restoration of all private sealsConcerning further regulations which the abbot madeConcerning the appearance and private character of the abbotHow abbot Samson dealt with flatterersHow abbot Samson managed his householdHow the abbot treated those monks with whom he had been intimate before he became abbotHow the abbot treated his relationsHow the abbot was mindful of those who had shown kindness to him in the past, and how he treated those who had been harshConcerning other good acts of abbot SamsonHow the Jews were driven from Saint Edmund'sHow the abbot secured the manor of Mildenhall, and endowed the hospital at BabwellConcerning the church of Woolpit, and how it was secured for the abbey .How the abbot disputed with the archbishop concerning the manor of EleighHow the abbot wished to take the cross, and how he offered to seek king Richard in GermanyHow the abbot resisted the authority of the legateOf the conduct of the abbot while king Richard was in captivityConcerning that which befel certain knights who desired to hold a tournament contrary to the wish of the abbotConcerning the missions of the abbot to the papal courtHow the abbot met the claim of Earl de Clare to bear the standard of Saint EdmundConcerning the case of Adam de CokefieldHow the mill which Herbert the dean had built was overturnedHow the right of the abbot to present to certain churches was disputed, and what befel in the matterHow abbot Samson disputed with Jordan de RosHow the author made a list of the abbot's churches as a gift to the abbot, and the names of those churchesHow the abbot freed his church from contribution to the fine inflicted on Norfolk and SuffolkHow the abbot disputed with his knightsConcerning Henry of EssexHow the abbot deceived the bishop of Ely for the good of his church .How there were disputes concerning the appointment of bailiffs for the townHow abbot Samson disputed with the men of London about the payment of tollsHow there was a dispute with the burghers is to dues from the townConcerning the charter granted to the town by the abbotHow the monastery was troubled with in competent cellarersHow the abbot resisted Hubert Walter when he claimed legatine authority over the abbeyHow the abbot contended with his knights as to service across the seaHow the abbot took charge of the cellar, and how for that cause murmuring arose in the monasteryConcerning the will of Hamo BlundHow there were riots in the cemetery, and concerning that which was done in the matterWhether it is better to have an abbot from one's own houseHow there was a quarrel with the monks of ElyHow the abbot disputed with the bishop of ElyHow king John summoned the abbot to him, and of that which was done thereuponHow the abbot left the monastery in peace with all men

  • By Chris Plant on 14 January 2015

    Medieval events from the inside!

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