Janet Burton, Karen Stöber's Abbeys and Priories of Medieval Wales PDF

By Janet Burton, Karen Stöber

ISBN-10: 1783161817

ISBN-13: 9781783161812

This quantity is a finished, richly illustrated advisor to the non secular homes of Wales from the 12th in the course of the 16th centuries. It bargains an intensive creation to the heritage of monastic orders in Wales, together with the Benedictines, Cluniacs, Cistercians, and so forth moreover, it presents special debts of virtually sixty communes of non secular women and men. Descriptions of the extant continues to be of the structures, in addition to maps, floor plans, and vacationer info make this not only a piece of scholarship, yet an imperative consultant for pilgrims besides.

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The importance of monastic hospitality is further confirmed by the existence, at some sites, of the remains of monastic guest houses, and by references to such buildings in medieval written sources. In smaller houses guests might be accommodated within the claustral precinct, but the Cistercians, being anxious to exclude lay people from the central core of their abbeys, generally placed the guest house at the extreme margin of the site, usually outside the west range. Traces of what was probably the guest house at Tintern lie in the vicinity of the present-day pub to the west of the abbey.

In many ways, as we shall see, the Cistercian houses were in harmony with the political and cultural aspirations of the rulers of pura Wallia. There were to be fourteen Cistercian houses for men in medieval Wales, and just two nunneries (see map 2). The preponderance of male over female houses in Wales is striking: as we have seen there was only one Benedictine nunnery, Usk, and no female houses of the mendicant orders. The two Cistercian abbeys for women were both associated with male houses, Llanllŷr with Strata Florida and Llanllugan with Strata Marcella.

Robinson has demonstrated that the current parish church is similar in length to the nave of Strata Florida, mother house of Aberconwy, and inclines to the view that the parish church may indeed be the successor to the nave of the Cistercian church, though with the patronage of the rulers of Gwynedd it is unlikely to have remained incomplete until the 1280s. There are scant remains of the monastic buildings. There are now no standing remains at Maenan. A house was built over the west range after the closure of the abbey, and this was replaced by a mansion in the mid-nineteenth century, which subsequently became a hotel.

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