List of illustrations; Foreword by the Rt Revd Dom Stephen Ortiger OSB, Titular Abbot of Bury St Edmunds; Preface; A timeline of St Edmunds Abbey; Introduction; 1 Origins, 869-1065; 2 The Golden Age: from Baldwin to Anselm, 1065-1148; 3 The age of Samson and the age of Magna Carta, 1148-1229; 4 A century of troubles, 1229-1329; 5 Plague, revolt and fire, 1329-1469; 6 The final years, 1469-1539; 7 Legacy; 8 Discovery; Appendix I: Abbots, Priors and Sacrists of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds; Appendix II: A guided tour of the Abbey Church in 1465; Bibliography; Index
Francis Young was born and educated in Bury St Edmunds and obtained his PhD in History from Cambridge University. He is the author of numerous books on East Anglian history including Where is St Edmund? (2014), The Gages of Hengrave and Suffolk Catholicism (2015), Rookwood Family Papers (2016) and the official history of the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia, Catholic East Anglia (2016). He has also published Peterborough Folklore (Lasse Press, 2017). He lives in Peterborough with his wife and daughter.
' a usefully illustrated scholarly study of one of the great medieval monastic houses, with its powerful abbots, and of its demise and after-history' - Church Times