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Very Rev Dr Aidan Bellenger OSB

Very Rev Dr Aidan Bellenger, OSB

Senior Research Associate

Senior Member of St Edmund's College

Former Abbott of Downside Abbey


Biography:

Dom Aidan Bellenger is a monk of Downside Abbey in Somerset where he was variously parish priest, prior, head master and abbot from 2006-2014. He read History at Cambridge and was University Lightfoot Scholar in 1978 when he received his PhD for a dissertation on refugees in the French Revolution. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Arts, and the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

  • The development of monastic life in the modern period with particular focus on the English Benedictine Congregation and the English Cistercians
  • The English Catholic Community and its identity within the nation and Europe
  • The social, cultural and spiritual role of Benedictinism in contemporary society

Key Publications

Authored and co-edited books

  • Fearless Resting Place (2015)
  • Here and There: More Occasional Sermons (2015)
  • St Benedict's Stratton-on-the-Fosse Somerset: A History (2014)
  • Monastic Identites: Essays in the History of St Gregory's Downside (2014)
  • Monks with a Mission: Essays in English Benedictine (2014)
  • 200 Downside Monks: A Photographic Record (2014)
  • Keeping the Rule: David Knowles and the Writing of History (2014)
  • Time and Place: Occasional Sermons (2013)
  • St Wulstan's, Little Malvern: A History (2013)
  • Downside Abbey: an Architectural History (2011)
  • Medieval Religion: A Sourcebook (2007)
  • The Mitre & the Crown: A History of the Archbishops of Canterbury (2005)
  • Medieval Worlds: A Sourcebook (2003)
  • Princes of the Church: A History of the English Cardinals (2001)
  • Downside: a Pictorial History (1998)
  • Great Return: English Communities in Continental Europe and Their Repatriation. 1793-94 - South Western Catholic History (1994)
  • Fathers in Faith(1991)
  • Letters of Bede Jarrett(1989)
  • Opening the Scrolls: Essays in honour of Godfrey Anstruther (1987)
  • The French Exiled Clergy in the British Isles after 1789. An historical introduction and working list (1986)
  • English and Welsh Priests, 1558-1800: A Working List (1984)

 

along with numerous academic papers, reviews and contributions to journals and media.

 


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