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Thousand Fates

The Afterlife of Medieval Monasteries in England & Wales

A Thousand Fates explores the afterlife of medieval monasticism in England and Wales, a thousand years monasticism in England and Wales came to an abrupt end in the mid-sixteenth century with the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Les mer
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A Thousand Fates explores the afterlife of medieval monasticism in England and Wales, a thousand years monasticism in England and Wales came to an abrupt end in the mid-sixteenth century with the Dissolution of the Monasteries. At its peak two hundred years earlier, many people chose the contemplative life, while the rich sought salvation through the foundation or embellishment of religious houses. Much of the nation’s wealth was locked into these complexes through elaborate rebuilding, gifts of precious objects, property donations and flourishing libraries of rare books. Then in just four years all of the eight hundred plus houses were closed and ten thousand people dispersed with the monastic fortune liquidated and passed to the crown. Today we are left with echoes of a time dominated by an enclosed elite, their homes repurposed or derelict or obliterated. Some of these foundations still thrive as churches, schools, homes or tourist attractions. Others though have left little physical trace, the casual viewer ignorant of their existence. This book is not an account of why the monasteries closed or what happened to the people displaced. Instead it focuses on the monastic buildings and their numerous fates and brings life to their stories.
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Forlag: Unicorn Publishing Group
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Språk: Engelsk
ISBN: 9781914414718
Format: 24 x 20 cm
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Richard Taylor has had a lifelong interest in the medieval monasteries of England & Wales. This was spawned by his parents with family holiday trips to ruined abbeys and priories, medieval parish churches and castles. He has spent over forty years in the aircraft industry but his passion is heritage. Across the years he has visited many of the locations featured in this, his first book. It aims to shed light on one of the lesser known aspects of medieval monasticism in England and Wales.