Bread and Ale for the Brethren: The Provisioning of Norwich by Philip Slavin

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Despite elevated commercialization and a good community of neighborhood markets in 1300s Europe—as good as major expenditures and hazards linked to the construction, transportation, and garage of food—some landed lords, monasteries, and convents persisted to depend upon the produce in their personal estates. This targeted learn units out to account for the confusing state of affairs, overlaying the interval among 1260 and 1536, with an in-depth research of the altering styles and fortunes of the provisioning of Norwich Cathedral Priory. because it examines the whole means of nutrition supply from box to desk, the list explores the query of nutrients safety in the context of a number of the crises within the 14th century, and in addition illustrates the aftereffects of the Black demise. even supposing supplying unprecedented perception into the Priory, the ebook additionally serves as an immense source on figuring out the overdue center a long time financial system of britain and society in the course of a time of upheaval.

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10–63. 30 Bread & Ale corrected layout vi 17/2/12 12:45 Page 31 Norwich Cathedral Priory’s grain market, 1260–1538 on the manorial peasants, some of whom now became farmers of its demesnes. 10 Local churchmen can be divided into two main groups. The first consisted of rural rectors and vicars, whose annual income derived from the sales of grains received as tithes from their parishioners. In some cases, these grain vendors were, in fact, parish priests from the vills where the priory’s manors were situated.

46. Dyer, Standards of living, p. 64. 47. F. Stouff, Ravitaillement et alimentation en Provence aux XIVe et XVe siècles (Paris, 1970), p. 46. 48. Harvey, Living and dying, pp. 34–71, esp. 69–70. 49. P. Patrick,‘Creaking in the cloisters: observations on prevalence and distribution of osteoarthritis in monks from medieval London’, in G. Helmig, B. Scholkmann and M. Untermann (eds), Centre, region, periphery: medieval Europe, Basel 2002 (Basel, 2002), pp. 89–93; P. Patrick,‘An archaeology of overindulgence’, Archaeological Review from Cambridge 20/2 (2005), pp.

This number remained more or less stable until the dissolution of the priory in 1538. The estimations above, with all their obvious shortcomings, suggest that Norwich Cathedral Priory was a house to a large number of residents. Its population size is well comparable with that of other large conventual houses. 43 It should be noted, however, that Norwich Cathedral Priory was much more than just a monastic house: it was the main ecclesiastical establishment of the entire county of Norfolk and the seat of the bishop.

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