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Title: The pious practices of Edward I, 1272-1307
Author: Farris, Charles Hedley Davies Christopher
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2013
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Edward I's devotional life has not received much attention from historians; indeed, his reputation in this respect has long been overshadowed by his father's noteworthy - all too extravagant - piety. Having outlined Henry's piety to establish a benchmark, the thesis assesses Edward's debt to his father. Clearly he learned much from him. But, once established, Edward's piety was both generous and strikingly well worked-out: overall, the day-to-day fulfilment of his devotional duties assumed a more consistent nature than his predecessor's ever did. Copious evidence survives to shed light on Edward I's piety, and this thesis particularly depends upon those materials created by clerks working in the king's wardrobe. Moreover, exchequer clerks enrolled much of the same material in the pipe rolls, so for those years for which wardrobe material has been lost we may yet derive some impression of royal pious practice. Having briefly described accounting procedures, the thesis concentrates on those individuals whose duty it was to ensure that Edward's soul should profit from masses, good works, and the intercession of the saints - which means an appraisal of the royal chapel and its clerks. Foremost among the latter was the royal almoner who discharged a variety of spiritual activities, many of which were eleemosynary. In addition to constant almsgiving on behalf of the king, the almoner acted assiduously to guarantee intercession - not only for the king's soul but also for the good of his realm. The royal family also played its part in a carefully co-ordinated round of religious activity on Edward's behalf, which the thesis proceeds to investigate. By conscientious pious provision, Edward sought both to profit his soul and to ensure that his subjects should also benefit from the grace that a good Christian king could accrue. He deserves credit for this.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Edward I ; Royal Piety ; Medieval