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By Margaret Harvey

Even if spiritual existence in medieval Durham used to be governed by means of its prince bishop and priory, the laity flourished and performed a tremendous function within the affairs of the parish, as Margaret Harvey demonstrates. utilizing a number of assets, she presents an entire account of its historical past from the Conquest to the Dissolution of the priory, with a specific emphasis at the fourteenth and 15th centuries. She exhibits how the laity interacted vigorously with either bishop and priory, and the family among them, with the priory delivering faculties, hospitals, chantries and standard sermons, but additionally performing as a disciplinary strength. On a much broader point, she additionally seems to be on the complete query of lay faith and what could be found approximately it. She finishes via an exam of neighborhood reactions to the Reformation.

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Hostillar’s accounts, 1449–50. Hostillar’s accounts, 1462–3. Hostillar’s accounts, 1466–7A. Hostillar’s accounts, 1471–2. 162 The nature of our accounts does not allow us to see how conscientious they were. In practice the priory supplied some books and vestments and helped towards other things in all its churches. 167 A chrismal was also bought. 176 It is possible that what we see here is merely an accounting device by which the hostillar bought the materials and charged the parish, but whatever was happening the provision appears to be careful.

202 Almoner, 1480–1. 203 Almoner, 1492–3A. 204 Almoner, 1515–16. 205 Almoner, 1516–17A/B, 1520–1. 190 23 LAY RELIGIOUS LIFE IN LATE MEDIEVAL DURHAM As in the case of St Oswald’s, but on a much smaller scale, the almoner can be seen paying for items which we would not expect. 213 One of the most interesting items among all this is the evidence about the windows. John Chambre of York was paid in the 1450s for making windows in the church. 214 It is remarkable that he was used for what appears to be a relatively poor and unimportant church.

133 DEC, p. 172. 134 Memorials of St Giles, pp. 234–5. 135 Memorials of St Giles, p. 275; printed in The Priory of Finchale, ed. J. Raine, SS 6 (1837), pp. 126, 127. 136 Printed: Memorials of St Giles, appendix B, I, pp. 4. Elimosin, 12. 139 In Durham, which has no churchwardens’ accounts, we have only the returns of the procurators of the appropriated parishes of St Margaret’s and St Oswald’s with the central accounts of the hostillar, almoner and bursar to add to them. The upkeep is accounted for in the central accounts and not completely in the procurator’s accounts.

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