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Title: Wiltshire minster parochiae and West Saxon ecclesiastical organisation
Author: Pitt, Jonathan Michael Andrew
ISNI:       0000 0001 3492 1332
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Winchester
Date of Award: 1999
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This thesis examines the evidence for the parochial layout of Wiltshire in the Anglo-Saxon period, and through a detailed examination of surviving sources reconstructs a network of minsters and their parochiae for much of Wiltshire. Extensive case-studies of certain areas both emphasise the potential difficulties of interpretation when undertaking such reconstruction, and reinforce the main tenets of the `minter hypothesis'. Evidence for connections with the secular administrative pattern is so strong as to indicate a late Saxon system of `hundred minsters', but there is sufficient reason to suggest that this system was subject to alteration prior to 1086, in association with administrative adjustments and the growth of secular and ecclesiastical estates. These conclusions are reinforced by further discussion of lesser churches of Anglo-Saxon Wiltshire, some of which made significant local contributions to the late Saxon parochial layout. Comparison with case studies from other parts of the south suggests that the conclusions of this study have a general validity for the development of ecclesiastical organisation throughout Wessex.
Supervisor: Yorke, Barbara ; James, Tom Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: History