Based in 1415, the double monastery of Syon Abbey was once the one English instance of the order verified by means of the fourteenth-century mystic St Bridget of Sweden. After its dispersal on the Dissolution, the neighborhood survived in exile and was once in short restored through the reign of Mary I; yet with the accession of Elizabeth I, a number of the nuns and brothers once more sought safe haven at the Continent, first within the Netherlands and later in Lisbon. This quantity of essays lines the fortunes of Syon Abbey and the Bridgettine order among 1400 and 1700, interpreting some of the ways that studying and writing formed its identification and outlined its adventure, and exploring the interconnections among past due medieval and post-Reformation monastic heritage and the speedily evolving international of verbal exchange, studying, and books. They expand our realizing of spiritual tradition and associations at the eve of the Reformation and the impulses that encouraged tasks for early sleek Catholic renewal, and in addition remove darkness from the unfold of literacy and the sluggish and asymmetric transition from manuscript to print among the fourteenth and the 17th centuries. within the strategy, the quantity engages with higher questions on the origins and outcomes of spiritual, highbrow and cultural swap in past due medieval and early sleek England. E. A. Jones is Senior Lecturer in English, college of Exeter; Alexandra Walsham is Professor of Reformation background, collage of Exeter individuals: E. A. Jones, Alexandra Walsham, Peter Cunich, Virginia Bainbridge, Vincent Gillespie, C. Annette Grise, Claire Walker, Caroline Bowden, Claes Gejrot, Ann Hutchison

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