The Augustinians in Northumbria: region, tradition and textuality in a colonizing order
Lawrence-Mathers, A. (2012) The Augustinians in Northumbria: region, tradition and textuality in a colonizing order. In: Burton, J. and Stober, K. (eds.) The Regular Canons in the Medieval British Isles. Brepols, Turnhout, Belgium, pp. 59-78. ISBN 9782503532486 (In Press)
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This paper is an attempt to assess perceptions of Augustinian identity and role, amongst both patrons and recruits, in the early stages of the order’s introduction to England. In some ways, the enthusiasm for houses of regular canons, living like monks, seems surprising. Historians of the Augustinians in England have focused on two broad areas of explanation. The first is that Augustinians could be expected to provide more services for secular society than Benedictines; and the second is that support from Henry I and his first queen, Edith-Matilda, made the Augustinians fashionable – at least until they were overtaken by the Cistercians. This paper revisits these issues, whilst also attempting an analysis of the Augustinians’ intellectual and spiritual role, through a case study of northern England.
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