J. F. Merritt
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Henrician Westminster
Corporate life in a time of change 1525–47
in The social world of early modern Westminster
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The dissolution of the monasteries was also one aspect of the wider changes introduced by the Henrician Reformation. This chapter investigates precisely what the wide-ranging Henrician developments meant for the inhabitants of Westminster. Standing at the heart of Westminster, St Margaret's was arguably one of the most important parishes in the country. In the medieval period, the presence of Westminster Abbey and Westminster Palace had stimulated extensive urban development in the parish, which was also co-terminous with a 'vill' of Westminster. Although a church of St Martin in the Fields was in existence before the death of Henry II in 1189, the parish of St Martin's was originally subsumed within the larger parish of St Margaret's. Boundary changes potentially drew the personnel of the different parishes even more closely together. After boundaries were redrawn, the site of St Mary Rounceval suddenly found itself within the limits of St Martin's parish.

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The social world of early modern Westminster

Abbey, court and community 1525–1640


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