Author(s): Geoffrey N. Wright
Abbeys and priories are both types of monastery and the author traces the history of monasteries in Britain from Anglo-Saxon times to the Dissolution under Henry VIII. He describes the different monastic orders, the running of the monasteries and the daily life of the monks and nuns, the layout of monastic buildings, the influence of the religious houses on life in medieval times and their effect on the landscape, all with references to examples accessible to the public. This new edition has been enlarged into the 'Discovering Handbook' series and is fully illustrated in colour.
Introduction; The earliest monasteries; The monastic orders; The officers of the monastery; The layout of a monastery; The daily life; The Dissolution; Principal monastic sites in England; Principal monastic sites in Scotland; Principal monastic sites in Wales; Other monastic sites; Monasteries today; Further reading