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Britain - Monasticism, 598-1540

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About the Course

In this course, Dr Francis Young (University of Oxford) looks at the history of monasticism in Britain, starting with its origins in the 5th and 6th centuries and ending with the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII. In the first module, we take a look at the origins of British monasticism, exploring the earliest roots of monasticism in 4th century Egypt and the influence of European monastic orders upon monastic life in Britain. In the second module, we trace early transformations in monasticism and how these influenced monastic life in Britain, before in the third module turning to look at challenges to monasticism and their consequences in Britain. In the fourth module, we shift our focus to the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII, then in the fifth and final module we consider the aftermath of the dissolutions, focusing in particular on the impact that they had upon the survival of monasticism in Britain.

About the Lecturer

Francis Young is a tutor at the University of Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education. His research interests lie in early modern Catholicism, folklore, magic, and other forms of supernatural belief. Some of his recent publications include the co-authored volume English Catholicism 1558-1642 (2021), Catholic East Anglia: A History of the Catholic Faith in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (2016), and (2015). His book Pagans in the Early Modern Baltic was also awarded the Book Subvention Award by the Association for the Advancement of Baltic studies in 2021.