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Episcopal Support For The New Foundation: Donations To Plympton Priory From The Bishops Of Exeter And Their Circle

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The material success of a religious house in the Middle Ages was largely dependent on the generosity of its patrons and benefactors in the early years of its existence, when enthusiasm for the establishment of a new foundation was most likely to result in significant donations. After the foundation of Plympton Priory in 1121 by Bishop William Warelwast, the canons witnessed widespread interest in this new Augustinian house amongst the lay elite of Devon and members of the diocesan hierarchy. This bishop also granted to Plympton Priory the sum of sixty shillings from the prebend of each canon of Exeter Cathedral who died or entered the religious life. One of the most significant gifts from Bishop William Warelwast to the priory was the church of St. Kew in Cornwall.

Keywords:Augustinian Canons; Bishop William Warelwast; Exeter; Plympton Priory



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