What exactly is an abbey and does it differ from a priory? This book clarifies the seeming confusion by answering these questions and much more besides. This new edition, in a larger format, includes descriptions of over 200 individual sites open to the public and over 90 colour photographs.
An overview of the key Abbeys and Priories in Britain highlighting their key features. This is a sister publication to Cathedrals of Britain. From the wilds of the Isle of Iona in Scotland and Iona Abbey, one of the oldest Christian religious centres in Western Europe, to Tintern Abbey in the beautiful Wye Valley in Wales, to the pomp and circumstance of Westminster Abbey, shining regally in England's capital, this publication showcases over 60 of the most notable Abbeys and Priories throughout Britain taking the reader on a journey that has inspired pilgrims and visitors over centuries. Many are now ruins due to Henry VIII during his 'Dissolution of the Monasteries' period, but a visit still reveals the rich influence and legacy they have had on Britain's history. Other jewels such as Cleeve Abbey in Somerset remain, despite the destruction of the church, one of the best-preserved Cistercian monastic sites in Britain. Beautifully illustrated with over 130 stunning colour images, this is a guide to the most notable abbeys and monasteries as well as a much-cherished souvenir of a visit. Extended entries on Binham Priory, Blanchland Abbey, Buckfast Abbey, Dryburgh, Fountains Abbey, Glastonbury Abbey, Hexham Abbey, Holyrood Abbey, Jedburgh Abbey, Lindisfarne Priory, Melrose Abbey, Mountgrace Priory, Rievaulx Abbey, Selby Abbey, Strata Florida Abbey, Tewkesbury Abbey, Tintern Abbey, Westminster Abbey, Whitby Abbey, St George's Windsor.
"Abbeys and Priories examines the ways in which medieval monasteries have been studied, what they comprised and how they can be interpreted, using historical, art historical and archaeological sources. Illustrated throughout, the book shows how the available evidence can be used to understand the development of monasteries through time. It provides a general introduction to the subject that can serve as a model for further research, as well as showing how we have come to our present level of knowledge."--BOOK JACKET.
An illustrated guide to the ancient monastic buildings of England and Wales, this text covers the history of the religious order which founded each monastery, the architectural features of the buildings, and the lives of the medieval monks and nuns who inhabited them.