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Managing The Inheritance: Gains, Losses, And Challenges In The Twelfth, Thirteenth, And Fourteenth Centuries

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This chapter investigates how, after the initial wave of donations in the decades after the foundation of the Plympton Priory in 1121, these relationships endured or changed over time. The chapter examines how Plympton Priory reacted to rightful ownership challenges and asserted its claims to its inheritance. Another crucial factor in the priory's management of these disputes was the support of its patrons, the bishops of Exeter. The chapter also explores the role of the bishops in defending the priory when members of the laity took the canons of Plympton to court, and considers the bishops' continued interest in this episcopal foundation. When examining the history of Plympton Priory, from the latter part of the twelfth century to the mid-thirteenth century, one sees a religious house which generally displayed a good understanding of what was required of it in order to maintain its rights, its lands, and its churches.

Keywords:bishops of Exeter; inheritance; Plympton Priory



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