Wuffing Education Study Day: The Abbey of Bury St Edmunds

A reconstruction of the possible appearance of the west front of the abbey church at Bury St Edmunds

Today I was delighted to deliver my third study day for Wuffing Education at Sutton Hoo; previous study days have focussed on East Anglia’s Catholic families and the post-Reformation cult of St Edmund, but this time the subject was the great medieval Abbey of Bury St Edmunds, the subject of my recent book The Abbey of Bury St Edmunds: History, Legacy and Discovery. The study day concentrated on four areas of the abbey’s history: its obscure and controversial origins in the tenth and eleventh centuries, the cultural achievement of its abbots and monks, the abbey’s history of conflict, and finally the abbey’s dissolution and lasting legacy. I am grateful to Dr Sam Newton and Rosemary Hoppitt for inviting me again to Sutton Hoo and to the enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience for enjoyable interaction and discussions.

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