During his abbacy , he kept the Buckfast community abreast of changes in the outside world.
he made several notable improvements during his short abbacy
the abbacy of Ely was vacant
Under the abbacy of St Ailred, it flourished, becoming the largest Cistercian community in England.
Some of its clergy married, and abbacies could be held by secular men.
Nobles occupied all bishoprics and all the choicest abbacies and canonries.
The distribution and control of offices, such as countships, abbacies , and bishoprics, became the main foci of the political rivalries.
The king retained his influence over elections to abbacies and bishoprics, and continued to receive their revenues during vacancies.