Anglo-Norman Durham 1093-1193 by David Rollason, Margaret Harvey, Michael Prestwich

By David Rollason, Margaret Harvey, Michael Prestwich

This research of Anglo-Norman Durham's heritage, structure, artwork, and non secular and literary tradition covers a lot floor, together with the Cathedral Priory and its courting to monastic reform; the careers of the prince bishops; stories of the impressive fort; the connection among Durham and the Scottish kings; the structure of the cathedral; and Durham manuscripts and texts, that includes ancient compilations and the amazing outdated English poem De situ Dunelmi.

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Xxxvi, p. lii. 5Sym. Op. I, 140. 6Script. Tres, p. 11; Geoffrey of Coldingham, ch. vii. Pope Alexander III confirmed Durham's right to collect one denarius a year from every domus of the people of the Haliwerfolc for building expenses, 8 August 1164. 7Corpus luris Canonici, ed. Ae. Friedberg, Pars 1: Decreta Magistri Gratiani (Leipzig, 1879), col. ' See also Gothic Art 1140-c. 1450 Sources and Documents, ed. G. Frisch (2nd edn; Toronto, 1987), 'Twelfth Century Critics of the New Architecture', pp.

B. 2009 10:07:56 page_13 < previous page page_13 next page > Page 13 its shadowy existence was an irksome indication of new boundaries being drawn through Durham's old northern empire. Uneasiness about Durham's position went even deeper. The cathedral priory had come into being during the comparatively short period after the Conquest when Benedictine monasticism had reached its highest point in public esteem. From the early twelfth century, monasticism began to suffer from criticisms within the monastic order itself that the rule of St Benedict had been overlaid by improper accretions and was not being observed as was originally intended.

1 A hundred years before that, the Dean and Chapter were so little mindful of the foundation as to be engaged in ruthless renovations to the building, which involved demolishing the chapter house and planning to remove Bishop Puiset's Galilee chapel. 2 These men were pioneers of a quite new movement for the appreciation of medieval buildings. Until then, at Durham, as elsewhere, the care of such buildings had been a purely local responsibility. Those in charge naturally thought first of their own comfort and convenience, and were not aware of any need to take aesthetics into account.

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