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Title: Studies in the early history of Peterborough Abbey c.650 - c.1066
Author: Peterson, Colin Mark
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1995
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Chapter 1 sets out the nature of the four main sources from Peterborough on which this thesis is based. Two early-twelfth- and mid-thirteenth-century cartularies contain faithful copies of forged and genuine texts, dealing with events from the seventh century onwards. Two early- and mid-twelfth-century chronicles used some imported sources, but contain much accurate local information. Chapter 2 examines the early history of Medeshamstede, as Peterborough was known until the late-tenth century. Medeshamstede was a vital component in Mercian religion from foundation to the late-ninth century. Chapter 3 considers the nature of the primary sources for the tenth-century restoration of Medeshamstede as Peterborough. Chapter 4 considers Peterborough's foundation, during the tenth-century monastic reformation, and nature as a monastic institution: an important component in royal strategy towards uniting the kingdom, it was a distinguished house from the outset, and housed an important monastic school. Chapter 5 considers Peterborough's history from foundation to the Norman Conquest, largely in terms of themes established in Chapter 4: relations with leading churchmen and noblemen indicate distinguished status and a role in unifying the kingdom up to 1066.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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