Bolton Abbey

English Monks and the Suppression of the Monasteries

Today’s free book is Geoffrey Baskerville’s study of English monks up the time of the supression of the monasteries. My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of this public domain title available for digitisation.

Geoffrey Baskerville [1870-1944], English Monks and the Suppression of the Monasteries. London: Jonathan Cape, 1937. Hbk. pp.312. [Click here to visit the download page for this title]


  • Preface
  • Introduction
  1. Monastic Duties and Activities
  2. Lay Interference in Monastic Affairs
  3. Ecclesiastical Interference in Monastic Affairs
  4. Precedents for Suppression 1308-1534
  5. The Royal Visitation of the Monasteries 1535
  6. Suppression of the Smaller Monasteries and the Pilgrimage of Grace 1536-1537
  7. From the Pilgrimage of Grace to the Final Suppression 1537-1540
  8. Nuns
  9. The Friars
  10. The Fate of the Dispossessed Religious
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix
  • Index

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