The Medieval Monastery

The Medieval Monastery

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Monasteries are among the most intriguing and enduring symbols of Britain's medieval heritage. Simultaneously places of prayer and spirituality, power and charity, learning and invention, 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; and their ruin and rescue. With beautiful photographs, it illustrates some of Britain's finest surviving monastic buildings such as the cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral and the awe-inspiring ruins of Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 148 x 208 x 8mm | 158.76g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Shire Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 b/w; 50 col
  • 0747811466
  • 9780747811466
  • 453,167

About Roger Rosewell

Roger Rosewell is the News and Features Editor of Vidimus, the international online magazine about medieval stained glass. Educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, he is the author of an award-winning study of medieval wall paintings and is a member of the Royal Photographic Society. He wrote Stained Glass for Shire and also writes at www.rogerrosewell.comshow more

Table of contents

?Introduction / The Four Monastic Orders / Becoming a Monk / The Architecture of Monasteries / Managing a Monastery / Daily Life I: Prayer, Study, Work / Daily Life II: Personal Life / Daily Life III: Domestic / Beyond the Cloister / Nunneries / The Other Orders / Dissolution / Further Reading and Websites / Places to Visit / Indexshow more

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