Documents of the Monastery, in the Annals of St. Augustine's, Canterbury
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
One of the occupations of medieval monasteries was the recording of history, which served to help them prove their claims to land and privileges. Also the passage of time is important in Christian theology as, for instance, the world was believed to be progressing toward the Last Judgement and Second Coming, and monasteries were supposed to be keeping things on track for that. Nearly always history was thought of in terms of Christian history, the story of salvation. This manuscript of annals kept at the benedictine abbey of St Augustine at Canterbury gives brief accounts of events from the first archbishop of Canterbury, Augustine, to 1300, or contemporary with its making.
The privileges granted to St Augustine's, the charters of the English kings and archbishops of Canterbury, and the concessions granted to St Augustine's up to the reign of Henry III and Pope Innocent III are copied in the section which begins on this page.