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Online Talk: Patrons and Benefactors of St Edmund’s Abbey, c. 900-1086

Online Talk: Patrons and Benefactors of St Edmund’s Abbey, c. 900-1086
Start Date: 27 February 2021
Start Time: 2pm
End Date: 27 February 2021


Abbey of St Edmund Millennium 1020 – 2020 From Rise to Ruins. Four online talks live-streamed free from St Edmundsbury Cathedral to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey.

Professor Sarah Foot, Patrons and Benefactors of St Edmund’s Abbey, c. 900-1086 - The origins of the first community of St Edmund remain obscure, but probably date back to the late ninth century. From the earliest surviving written records, we know that the leading families of Suffolk and Norfolk took a close interest in promotion of the saint’s cult and support of the abbey. This paper discusses those patrons and benefactors, explores Cnut’s re-foundation of Bury in 1020, and considers why William the Conqueror also chose to patronise Bury St Edmunds.

Livestreamed here: https://www.facebook.com/stedscathedral/

This event is promoted by the Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership and the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History. The financial support of the Heritage Fund is gratefully acknowledged. Part of the Abbey 1000 celebrations.

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