What was life really like within a medieval monastery? This week, Danièle is joined by Peter Konieczny to take a look at the Chronicle of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds. Written by Jocelin of Brakelond at the turn of the thirteenth century, it’s a surprising story of money, power and gossip within the abbey.
You can read the Chronicle through a translation by Ernest Clarke, which dates from 1903, and is available through Archive.org
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Top Image: The building of Bury St Edmunds, as depicted in the 15th century – British Library MS Harley 2278 fol. 115v