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H 245 x W 175 mm

310 pages

Published Jul 2019

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789692501

Digital: 9781789692518

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Eynsham abbey; monasticism; medieval art; medieval architecture; Romanesque; Oxfordshire history

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The Lost Abbey of Eynsham

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Eynsham was one of the few religious foundations in England in continuous use from the late Saxon period to the Dissolution. This book aims to rescue this important abbey from obscurity by summarising its history and examining its material remains, most of which have never been published before.



Chapter 1. Beginnings

Chapter 2. Aelfric’s Abbey

Chapter 3. Re-foundation

Chapter 4. Abbey Stones

Chapter 5. Fame and Ambition

Chapter 6. The Shrine of St Andrew

Chapter 7. The Oxfordshire School

Chapter 8. The Wrath of God

Chapter 9. Visions of Heaven and Hell

Chapter 10. Keeping up Appearances

Chapter 11. Laying Up Treasures on Earth

Chapter 12. Scandal

Chapter 13. Endings

Chapter 14. Rediscovery

Chapter 15. Rescue

Appendix 1: A List of Eynsham’s Abbots

Appendix 2: Eynsham Abbey’s Properties

Appendix 3: The Bainbridge Slide Collection

Appendix 4: Glossary of some Architectural terms




About the Author

Steve Parrinder read History at Kings College London before securing a PGCE and becoming a teacher in 1970. For 30 years he was at Richmond-upon-Thames College where he taught History and Archaeology and ended his professional career in 2007 as Programme Manager for Humanities. His MA in Medieval Studies was taken at Birkbeck College, London, in 1982 and his dissertation (unpublished) was on Romanesque Sculpture from Reading Abbey. He moved to Eynsham, Oxfordshire, at the end of 2012 where he is now an active member of the Eynsham History Group and has written a number of articles for the Eynsham Record. He is married with two daughters and three grandchildren.