A good read. Thank you.
The abbey had to furnish knights for the king. That's something I'd not heard of before.
Enfeoffing & cartulary are words I did not know & now I do. Handy for scrabble.
The abbess had her own private beer cellar
At the dissolution the abbess was well provided for. That at least is something although it must have been hard for the younger nuns & novices to start life anew. The abbey surprisingly appears to have been in disrepair. That would account presumably for the fact the Herbert built a new house instead of using part of the abbey complex as happened at Lacock & Forde for example.
It's certainly a lost world.