How useful are episcopal ordination lists as a source for medieval english monastic history?
Thornton, D. E.
Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Cambridge University Press
493 - 530
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This article evaluates ordination lists preserved in bishops' registers from late medieval England as evidence for the monastic orders, with special reference to religious houses in the diocese of Worcester, from 1300 to 1540. By comparing almost 7,000 ordination records collected from registers from Worcester and neighbouring dioceses with 178 'conventual' lists, it is concluded that over 25 per cent of monks and canons are not named in the extant ordination lists. Over half of these omissions are arguably due to structural gaps in the surviving ordination lists, but other, non-structural factors may also have contributed.