Cambridge University Press, 1949. Second edition. Large octavo (10 1/8 inches tall), original navy cloth, gilt spine, original dust jacket. Bookseller's ticket, upper front corner bumped, slight creasing and edge-wear, gentle toning to spine of unclipped dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #1333
"THE MONASTIC LIFE MET AND SATISFIED THE DEEPEST SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF THE AGE"
Second edition of David Knowles's important history of medieval English Monasticism. This copy complete with the original pink dust jacket printed in red. An excellent copy.
First published in 1940, this revised and corrected second edition was published shortly after Knowles—formerly a Monk of Downside Abbey—was appointed Professor of Medieval History at Cambridge University. The text is divided into two main sections: Part One. Historical: I. Introductory, II. 943 - 1066, III. 1066 - 1100, IV. 1100 - 1135, V. 1135 - 1175, VI. 1175 - 1216. Part Two. Institutional: I. The Interior Polity of the Black Monks, II. The Work and Influence of the Monks, III. The External Relations of the Monastery, IV. The White Monks, V. Monastic Discipline, VI. Conclusion. With a photographic frontispiece ("Glastonbury from the Air"), this edition includes both the original Preface and a brief addendum ("Peterhouse / 15 July 1948"). The text is supplemented with a series of Appendices (numbered I. - XXIII.), 4 Tables (the "Derivation" of Abbeys and Monasteries), a Bibliography, and an Index.