Monasteries are among the most intriguing and enduring symbols of Englands medieval heritage. Simultaneously places of prayer and spirituality, power and charity, learning and invention, illusion and superstition, they survive today as haunting ruins, great houses and as some of our most important cathedrals and churches.
This book examines the growth of monasticism and the different orders of monks – the architecture and administration of monasteries, the daily life of monks and nuns, the art of monasteries and their libraries, their role in caring for the poor and sick, their power and wealth, their decline and suppression, their ruin and rescue, all of it is addressed within the pages of this reference.
Many of Britains greatest churches, including Westminster Abbey, Canterbury, Durham and Gloucester cathedrals were once monasteries. So too were some of Britains most evocative and awe-inspiring ruins such as Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire and Tintern Abbey in Wales. This book tells the story of devotion, work and prayer behind those magnificent edifices. And in telling their story, this Medieval Monasteries Book gives greater insight into the monastic men and women of the age, showing their devotion, their faith, and their discipline. For an enthusiast, this book is a trove of facts that will fascinate the mind, and even for the history enthusiast, this is not a book to be missed.
- ISBN Number: 978-0-7478-1146-6
- A Paperback Resource Book
- A Resource Book Filled with Illustrations and Photographs
- Gives Greater Insight into the Monastic Orders and Lifestyles During Medieval Times
- A Great Resource and Collectible for Medieval Enthusiasts