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and again between 1285 and 1299. But despite the difficulties, both London and many other cities were prepared to fight hard and to pay well for charters which, with often finely illuminated initials and impressive seals, would be displayed on formal occasions as the material embodiment of the political community [ 11 ]. 23 With variations in detail, the common ambition of townsmen requesting a charter

in Towns in medieval England

This chapter contains the text of Annals of Lampert, translated and annotated by I.S. Robinson.

in The Annals of Lampert of Hersfeld

, she was the embodiment of the fear of God for them, so much so that they were able to say with Job, I have always feared God as waves swelling over me, and his majesty I was not able to bear 80 After this, the willing ones were persuaded, and whatever had been twisted or bent, she put back in line, she recalled to the rule. She fixed all things in weight, measure, and plan, 81 saying to

in Noble Society
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-Reformation centuries was also assisted by the development of the cult of the Host as Corpus Christi, the embodiment of Christ, which provided a focus for a whole range of devotional celebrations, including plays. 4 Although they were eager to attend masses, the role of the laity was more that of spectators than participants, in a ceremony conducted in Latin, and

in Catholic England
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Monasticism in late medieval England, c. 1300–1535

are faced with another embodiment of the ageless debate over strict fidelity to an original ideal against adaptation to meet the challenges of the day. The monks, canons and nuns of the later middle ages for the most part chose the latter path. They were truly creatures of their time, and this was both their greatest strength and their greatest weakness. Part two: monasteries and the

in Monasticism in late medieval England, c. 1300–1535