Abbeys Monasteries and Priories Explained. Britain's Living by Trevor Yorke

By Trevor Yorke

Abbeys of the center a long time stay essentially the most awesome of non secular constructions. They have been equipped with an organization experience of devotion, and without price spared, through groups which had a religion dependent upon venerable appreciate for the facility and authority of the Church. The grace and majesty in their building, and the gorgeous rural settings of such a lot of, cause them to an ideal vacation spot for viewers all year long. Trevor Yorke, utilizing diagrams, images and illustrations, explains the heritage of those structures and describes how they have been utilized in the centuries sooner than the good Dissolution through Henry VIII in 1536, which left so much of them in ruins.

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9: BREEDON ON THE HILL, LEICESTERSHIRE: The Anglo-Saxon monastery which once stood upon this notable hill is long since gone, yet in the later parish church, which stands precariously above a quarry cliff face, fragments of remarkable carvings of saints, monsters and geometric patterns from this early religious house can still be viewed. 10: RIPON CATHEDRAL, NORTH YORKSHIRE: Buried below the body of the medieval building, accessed down an inconsequential staircase, is a simple, dimly lit Saxon crypt.

He developed ecclesiastical organisation and restructured the diocese, as well as holding a council at which it was decided that the movement of monks should be restricted so they could not leave their monastery without the abbot’s permission. Within this more stable structure monasteries flourished, turning their back on the strict asceticism of the Celtic church and excelling in art, sculpture and learning, and especially illuminated scripts, which gained wide renown in Europe. Unfortunately, their reputation and wealth attracted the attention of unwelcome guests, as in AD 793, longships appeared over the horizon at Lindisfarne.

They are more likely to have appeared as loosely dispersed structures within a round or rectangular enclosure. The church – sometimes there was more than one – and possibly a number of communal buildings were the only structures likely to be of stone. By the 8th century these were probably aligned along an east to west axis and may have been arranged in rows (as has been found at Jarrow). They were surrounded by cells, which were small timber or stone houses for the monks, with an altar or chapel inside and a garden outside.

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