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Title: The church and parish of St Dunstan in the East London, c1450-c1537
Author: Ledfors, Jennifer
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis studies the London parish church of St Dunstan in the East on the eve of the Reformation, from c.1450 to c.1537, starting with the recreation of the medieval church fabric, continuing with an analysis of the different branches of the parish management system, examining three kinds of parish endeavours and, finally, looking at aspects of devotion and commemoration in a London parish setting. Based upon documentary, cartographic and visual evidence, the medieval church building and the surrounding churchyards are discussed as well as the spaces within the church and the types of activities that occurred within them. In addition, a brief look at the history of the parish and church is examined. The parish church was a large corporate body dependent upon various staff members to carry out their specific duties. The roles and contributions of the rectors, curates, churchwardens, vestry members, other clergy, the parish clerks, sextons and the anchorite are studied to consider how they worked together towards carrying out administrative tasks, providing for the spiritual care and liturgy for parishioners as well as for other people who worshipped at the church. Some of the distinctive provisions at the church are examined to include, firstly, a sophisticated musical programme and its influences; secondly, a school with evidence for education and for those who taught the children; and thirdly, the church's holy day celebrations and devotions that includes the feasts of SS Dunstan and Ursula, and Easter week. Chantry and anniversary commemorative foundations, and the associated religious services, are studied separately by analysing both perpetual and fixed-term foundations and how they were practised in a London parish setting. This includes an examination of the founders, the foundation process, the roles played by the church managers, family members and livery companies.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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