Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Eye Priory Cartulary and Charters, Part Two

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Eye Priory Cartulary and Charters, Part Two

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Eye Priory Cartulary and Charters, Part Two. Edited by Vivien Brown. [Suffolk Records Society: Suffolk Charters,Volume XIII.] (Rochester, New York: Boydell Press. 1994. Pp. xviii, 194. $35.00.)

Volume II of Eye Priory Cartulary and Charters adds seventy-three documents to the 357 of Volume I (reviewed ante, LXXII [April, 1994], 344-345), including five originals. Although none of these documents were part of the original cartulary, many of them predate the ca. 1260 composition of that cartulary, and they comprise an important part of the record of the priory. All pre-1260 documents are printed in extenso in Latin; the later ones are fully calendared in English.

This volume provides a thorough introduction, two maps, and detailed indices of fifty-three pages serving both volumes, without which aids these medieval records would be of limited value. The five-part introduction discusses the founder and his family, the history of the priory, the possessions of the priory, the charters, and the manuscripts. This concluding volume is especially useful because the editor has documented her account with a diverse selection of printed and manuscript sources in addition to the Eye documents themselves.

Eye was founded by Robert Malet, whose father fought at Hastings. Robert forfeited his honor of Eye in the reign of William II; and although he returned to prominence under Henry I, he survived only five or six more years. Only with difficulty did Eye priory survive this period, with only nineteen of its original thirty-two churches. Later holders of the honor of Eye, who granted or confirmed rights of the priory, included King Henry I, Stephen, both before and after he became king, Stephen's son William of Blois, Henry II, and King John. …

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