By Janet Burton, Karen Stöber
This quantity is a complete, richly illustrated advisor to the non secular homes of Wales from the 12th throughout the 16th centuries. It bargains a radical advent to the historical past of monastic orders in Wales, together with the Benedictines, Cluniacs, Cistercians, and so forth furthermore, it presents special debts of virtually sixty communes of spiritual women and men. Descriptions of the extant continues to be of the constructions, in addition to maps, floor plans, and traveller info make this not only a piece of scholarship, yet an integral consultant for pilgrims besides.
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Cwmhir also gave birth to a daughter house, at Cymer. Cistercian regulations required that a new house be staffed by at least twelve monks and an abbot, and this internal expansion within Wales is indicative of the buoyancy of recruitment and the appeal of Cistercian life to monks as well as to founders and patrons. The White Monks themselves were not slow to take advantage of Welsh enthusiasm for their order, for when Gruffudd Maelor brought monks from Strata Marcella to make a new foundation at Valle Crucis (1201) he evidently did so at the suggestion and with the encouragement of the abbots of Whitland, Strata Marcella, Cwmhir, and Strata Florida.
To make clear how sacred his gift was Hamelin placed his charter on the very altar of the abbey church of Le Mans. In addition to the castle chapel, which would have housed the monks while their monastery was in the process of construction and which they were probably intended to serve, Hamelin granted land for the monks’ dwelling places, a bourg (township), water for a mill, and rights to fish in the river, as well as a church. Hamelin and Winebald added further churches and tithes, making Abergavenny’s endowment a considerable one.
There would also have been a host of workshops, stables, perhaps a mill and a woolhouse. Investigation of the monastic precinct at Strata Florida is suggesting a complexity of arrangement within a precinct that was much larger than has hitherto been thought. THE END OF MONASTIC LIFE IN MEDIEVAL WALES Those who established the monastic houses of Wales, whether they were the Norman settlers of the eleventh and twelfth centuries, or the Welsh rulers of the twelfth and thirteenth, probably thought they were founding and endowing houses that would go on for ever, whose monks would pray for their souls in perpetuity.
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