Saving the Souls of Medieval London: Perpetual Chantries at St Paul's Cathedral, c.1200-1548 (Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West)

Saving the Souls of Medieval London: Perpetual Chantries at St Paul's Cathedral, c.1200-1548 (Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West)


St Paul's Cathedral stood on the centre of spiritual lifestyles in medieval London. It used to be the mum church of the diocese, a imperative landowner within the capital and surrounding nation-state, and a theatre for the enactment of occasions of nationwide significance. The cathedral was once additionally a powerhouse of commemoration and intercession, the place prayers and requiem plenty have been provided on an immense scale for the salvation of the dwelling and the useless. This non secular function of St Paul's Cathedral used to be performed basically by means of the various chantry clergymen operating and dwelling in its precinct. Chantries have been pious foundations, in which donors, clerks or lay, male or woman, endowed monks to have a good time intercessory plenty for the advantage of their souls. At St Paul's Cathedral, they have been first demonstrated within the past due 12th century and, till they have been dissolved in 1548, they contributed significantly to the lifestyle of the cathedral. They greater the liturgical prone provided via the cathedral, elevated the variety of the clerical participants linked to it, and intensified family among the cathedral and town of London. utilizing the big physique of fabric from the cathedral data, this publication investigates the chantries and their affects at the existence, prone and clerical group of the cathedral, from their starting place within the early 13th century to the dissolution. It demonstrates the pliability and flexibility of those pious foundations and a few of the contributions they made to medieval society; and sheds gentle at the males who performed a task which, until eventually the abolition of the chantries in 1548, used to be visible to be an important to the non secular future health of medieval London.

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