Church and Manor: A Study in English Economic History (Classic Reprint)

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OF late years various books relating to the unit of English territorial organisation known as the manor have appeared. Two or three of these deal with short periods, such as the eleventh or the thirteenth century,and the late Mr. Seebohm, in a masterly investigation, has surveyed a considerable part of the field. Notwithstanding the good work that has been done, an essential part of the subject has been omitted, or misunderstood. The manor and the ecclesiastical bene fice have been regarded as entirely independent things. But the economic history of mediaeval England will gain much in simplicity if it can be shown that lord and priest were once the same person; that the hall cannot at an early time be distinguished from the church; and that ecclesiastical benefices were themselves manors, with all the privileges which belonged to feudal lordship.

No treatment of the economic history of these islands can be satisfactory unless it includes the church - building and the benefice within its scope. To describe the scattered acres of the open fields, with all the complicated belongings of the village community, and yet leave out the building near which the frail and mud-built houses of the inhabi tants were gathered, is to omit the chief point of interest, for the church was not only the place of worship but also the seat of local government.

It has been thought desirable to treat the evidence from. Architecture, as found in existing remains or referred to in documents, in considerable detail, because, if it can be proved that the church-fabric was evolved from the hall or lord's dwelling, a strong presumption arises, on that ground alone, that the benefice was the manor.

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Publisher - Forgotten Books

Language - English

Author(s) - Sidney Oldall Addy


Published Date - August 28 2019

ISBN - 9780267497812

Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 3 cm

Page Count - 503

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