Accounting at Durham Cathedral Priory Hardback

Management and Control of a Major Ecclesiastical Corporation 1083-1540

by Alisdair Dobie;

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Accounting at Durham Cathedral Priory

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Founded in 1083, Durham Cathedral Priory was heir to the seventh century community of St Cuthbert and a major and wealthy ecclesiastical institution throughout the remainder of the medieval period until the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII. This detailed study analyses the use of accounting in the administration of the house and the exploitation of its extensive resources. Durham Cathedral Priory's existence spanned almost 460 years between the late eleventh century and the dissolution of the monasteries in the reign of Henry VIII. A wealthy institution endowed with extensive estates, it experienced a number of external shocks including the effects of war, plague and climate change. This study utilizes the rich archives which survive at Durham Cathedral to examine the way in which accounting methods and systems were adopted and adapted to manage income and expenses, assets and liabilities in changing economic environments. Accounting pervaded the activities of the house: the bursars accounted for thousands of pounds of annual income and expenses; other officials accounted for individual loaves of bread from the hundreds of thousands produced and consumed annually.
Accounting was necessary to defend the rights of St Cuthbert, Durham Cathedral's Priory's patron saint, and to justify the manner in which the monks conducted the wide range of activities undertaken by a major Benedictine house in the later Middle Ages.

Accounting at Durham Cathedral Priory by Alisdair Dobie was published by Palgrave Macmillan in September 2015. The ISBN for Accounting at Durham Cathedral Priory is 9781137479778.

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Details for Accounting at Durham Cathedral Priory

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan (September 2015)
Edition1st ed. 2015
Number of Pages320
Thickness24 mm
Height222 mm
Width141 mm
Product Code4339897
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