The Cistercian abbey of Meaux in Yorkshire was founded in 1150 as a daughter house of Fountains. Thomas de Burton (d. 1437) was bursar in 1394 and abbot from 1396 to 1399. His chronicle survives in two versions: the earlier, finished around 1396, and a revision completed around 1402, to which later additions were made. The work is one of the most important later medieval Cistercian chronicles, providing detailed information about the history and administration of Meaux, as well as local and national historical events. The surviving library catalogue reveals the sources available to Burton, and he drew extensively on the abbey archives. The work is arranged by the rule of each abbot, with subdivisions in each section for local and more general history, arranged by subject matter. Volume 2 covers the period 1235 to 1339, with a greater proportion of non-monastic material included than in the earlier sections.
Table of Contents
Preface; Chronicle under Michael de Brun,the eighth abbot; William of Driffield, the ninth abbot; Richard of Thornton, the tenth abbot; Robert of Skyrne, the eleventh abbot; Richard of Barton, the twelfth abbot; Roger of Driffield, the thirteenth abbot; Adam of Skyrne, the fourteenth abbot; Appendix.