The seventeenth-century historian Polydore Vergil said that Edmund (son of Richard, Earl of Cornwall who had a palace there) founded in 1283 a monastery at Ashridge, Hertfordshire, for a rector and twenty canons of "a new order not before seen in England, and called the Boni homines". It was finished in 1285.
At the foundation of the abbey the Earl of Cornwall donated, among other things, a phial of Christ's blood, in honour of which the convent adjacent to the abbey was founded. This deposit proved fruitful for the abbey and convent, as pilgrims from all over Europe flocked to see the phial of blood. The abbey grew quite wealthy as a result.
The suppressed college was granted first to the king's sister Elizabeth Tudor. It later became the private residence of the future queen Elizabeth I. It was here that she was arrested in 1554, under suspicion of treason.
- "according to Tanner", from the Boni Homines article in the Catholic Encyclopedia
- POLYDORE VERGIL, Angl. Histor., lib. XVI (in ed. 1649, p. 402), cited in the Boni Homines article in the Catholic Encyclopedia
- "House of Bonhommes: The college of Ashridge', A History of the County of Buckingham: Volume 1 (1905), pp. 386–390". Retrieved 28 June 2010.
- Boni Homines article in the Catholic Encyclopedia
- "MSN Encarta". Archived from the original on 31 October 2009.
- Sanecki, K.N., Ashridge – A Living History, Phillimore & Co, 1996, ISBN 1-86077-020-7 pg 28
- History and topography of Buckinghamshire: comprising a general survey of the county, preceded by an epitome of the early history of Great Britain Author James Joseph Sheahan, Publisher Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1862, Ashridge entry, Pages 727–737 -ISBN 0-8048-3390-7
- History and topography of Buckinghamshire: comprising a general survey of the county, preceded by an epitome of the early history of Great Britain Author James Joseph Sheahan Publisher Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1862 St Margarets entry Pages 700-701-ISBN 0-8048-3390-7