Stöber and Burton present the first fully illustrated scholarly guide to the religious houses of Wales, from the Norman Conquest to the Dissolution of the Monasteries. An extensive introduction provides the wider historical, archaeological, cultural, political and social context for nearly sixty histories of individual religious houses. Equipped with maps, ground plans and practical information, this is not only a scholarly book but also a useful guidebook for anyone visiting the monasteries of Wales.
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.
"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.
The remains of abbeys and priories in Wales contain much that is beautiful and much that is highly significant in the history of Wales. This is a guide to the remains of buildings that represent the highest expressions of the cultures, both Welsh and English, that fed the minds of their builders.