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Jurisdiction 1: MonasticDocument category 1: Priors\' or abbots\' accounts
From region: Yorkshire, WestFrom place: Fountains Abbey
Refers to location(s): Yorkshire, West, Fountains Abbey
Relevant material from 1455 to 1458
Fountains Abbey was founded in 1132 in the valley of the River Skell southwest of Ripon. Given the natural advantages of the location, Fountains quickly became a prosperous Cistercian community. After economic setbacks in the late 13th- and early 14th-century, Fountains gradually recovered its wealth and influence. By the mid-1450s, the house was attracting many performers: minstrels, boy bishops, fools, story-tellers, players, and a Corpus Christi play. While most of these individuals and troupes had noble patrons, others were identified by their association with a place: Ripon, York, Beverley, Boston, Durham, Topcliffe, Thirsk, and Fountains Abbey itself.

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