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Building The Endowment: Lay Benefactors, Their Motives, And Their Gifts

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In recent years, scholars have begun to look more closely at medieval patrons and benefactors and their relationships with the monasteries they founded or assisted. It is useful in considering the history of a religious house to ask whether benefaction patterns changed over time, and whether families who played an early role in supporting a house continued to do so. The ability or inability of a religious house to attract benefactors from outside the county in which it was situated also indicates something of the regional or national importance of the house. This chapter will explore these issues through an examination of the identities of the major lay benefactors of Plympton Priory in the twelfth century and the contributions they made to the support of this institution.

Keywords:Augustinian Canons; lay benefactors; Plympton Priory

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