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date: 20 October 2019

abbeys and priories 

Source:
A Dictionary of British History
Author(s):

John Cannon,

Robert Crowcroft

Abbots were the spiritual heads of the larger monasteries (abbesses for nuns), with priors in charge of smaller or daughter houses. Until the Reformation some 27 mainly ‘mitred abbots’ attended the House of Lords. Great abbeys like Evesham, Pershore, Buckfast, Selby, or Sherborne had vast estates. The ... ...

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