With Saving the Souls of Medieval London: Perpetual Chantries at St Paul's Cathedral, Marie-Helene Rousseau presents a thorough and detailed account of the establishment and operation of the perpetual chantries of St Paul's Cathedral throughout the institution's pre-Reformation history.
Sometimes too, the arrangement of information is forced: the section on 'Chaplains' Wills' in the 'Serving Chantries' chapter, for instance, is not really about chaplains serving chantries but rather discusses relationships between the chaplains.
By 1479 all seven perpetual chantries were established and there were, potentially, thus seven chantry priests available to assist in the celebration of obits.
We may also ask, however, whether in fact it was the administrative body of the church that was able to capitalize on existing music provision within the individual chantries and thus develop a central singing body.
Black and white photographs are included, along with diagrams showing arrangements of chantries
and sight lines within churches.