Brotherhood of Canons Serving God (A English by David Lepine

By David Lepine

This research makes a speciality of the canons of the 9 secular cathedrals in England within the later center a while, who have been among the main capable and profitable clerics in their age. After contemplating the features of the cathedrals which supplied them with a snug source of revenue and substantial prestige, Dr Lepine turns to the canons themselves, tracing their origins and analysing their careers. He examines the canons' place of dwelling at their cathedrals, developing what percentage have been resident within the shut and what sort of time they spent there. The research concludes through offering case stories to teach the energy and variety of capitular lifestyles within the later heart a while: Salisbury among 1398 and 1458 (its so-called golden age) and Lichfield from 1490 to 1540, at the eve of the Reformation.

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The dean was the head of the chapter, though his authority varied from cathedral to cathedral according to the powers of bishops and chapters. If a canon, he presided over meetings of the chapter and his agreement was required for its decisions. He also had pastoral and disciplinary responsibility for the cathedral clergy. The precentor's duties concerned the cathedral's music: overseeing the choir, leading the singing and sometimes providing service books. The chancellor's primary responsibilities were for secretarial and educational activity in the cathedral.

H. Cook, Medieval Chantries and Chantry Chapels, 1968, 145. 36 Salisbury D&C Reg. Machon fo. 19r. 37 Cook, Chantries and Chantry Chapels, 145. Page 9 their numbers. It was customary for canons and dignitaries to found obits in their cathedrals and they were joined by the nobility and citizens in considerable numbers. 38 Deans and chapters encouraged the foundation of chantries and obits because, by adding to the number of masses, they increased the 'divine service', honouring and glorifying God.

19r. 37 Cook, Chantries and Chantry Chapels, 145. Page 9 their numbers. It was customary for canons and dignitaries to found obits in their cathedrals and they were joined by the nobility and citizens in considerable numbers. 38 Deans and chapters encouraged the foundation of chantries and obits because, by adding to the number of masses, they increased the 'divine service', honouring and glorifying God. They were an important way in which the wider community participated in the spiritual benefits provided by the cathedral.

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