Medieval Death Trip

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MDT Ep. 34: How Battle Abbey Lost Its Divine Favor and the Death of Two Abbots

We remain at Battle Abbey for one more episode, this time learning how the people of the abbey offended God and looking at the death scenes of Abbot Walter de Lucy and Abbot Ralph.

This Episode’s Text:

  • The Chronicle of Battel Abbey from 1066 to 1176. Translated by Mark Antony Lower, John Russell Smith, 1851. (At Google Books)

References:

  • Searle, Eleanor, editor and translator. The Chronicle of Battle Abbey. Oxford UP, 1980.
  • Binski, Paul. Medieval Death: Ritual and Representation. Cornell UP, 1996.
  • van’t Land, Karine. “Long Life, Natural Death: The Learned Ideal of Dying in Late Medieval Commentaries on Avicenna’s Canon.” Early Science and Medicine, vol. 19, 2014, pp. 558-583.
  • Parsons, Elsie Clews. “Notes on Folk-Lore of Guilford County, North Carolina.” The Journal of American Folklore, vol. 30, no. 116 (Apr.-Jun. 1917), pp. 201-208.

Image:Battle Abbey, Battle, East Sussex” by Operarius, CC BY-SA 3.0 de.

Battle Abbey (by Operarius; Wikimedia Commons)

MDT Ep. 33: Concerning Some Bad Houseguests

Birds on a Spit - Detail from Bodleian MS 264, f. 170vThis episode, we start shifting into holiday mode with an anecdote about a bishop behaving badly at Battle Abbey.

This Episode’s Text:

  • The Chronicle of Battel Abbey from 1066 to 1176. Translated by Mark Antony Lower, John Russell Smith, 1851. (At Google Books)
  • Lanfranc. The Letters of Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury. Edited and translated by Helen Clover and Margaret Gibson, Clarendon Press, 1979.

References:

Image: detail of birds roasting on a spit from Bodleian MS MS 264 fol 170v.

MDT Episode 17: Concerning the Ill-Gotten Casula

Vestments of Thomas BecketThis episode, we turn to the Chronicle of Battle Abbey to hear a tale of extortion, divine punishment, and ecclesiastical fashion.

This week’s text:

  • The Chronicle of Battel Abbey from 1066 to 1176. Trans. Mark Antony Lower. London: John Russell Smith, 1851. (At Google Books)

With emendations from:

  • Searle, Eleanor, ed. and trans. The Chronicle of Battle Abbey. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1980.

Image: Chasuble and vestments of Thomas Becket, 12th cent. (J.P. Elie, Musées de Sens)

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