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By J. Patrick Greene

This ebook presents an account of the archaeology of medieval monastic homes all through nice Britain and eire. the applying of a variety of archaeological strategies, allied to ancient research, has woke up curiosity in monasteries. very important new resources of knowledge have remodeled wisdom of monastic existence. in addition to discussing a few of the advances made by means of examine during the last 20 years, cutting edge equipment of archaeological research are defined, and examples of excellent perform within the upkeep of web sites and their interpretation to viewers are provided.

Suggestions for additional learn, examples of remarkable monastic websites to go to, a word list of phrases, a complete bibliography and an index also are included.

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Lacock Abbey, the Augustinian nunnery in Wiltshire that had become a secular mansion after the Dissolution, provided a ready-made basis for a 'Gothick' house. Ivory Talbot commissioned Sanderson Miller in 1754 to add a hall in the revived style to the surviving medieval buildings which Archaeology and monasteries 35 included a beautiful fifteenth-century cloister, thus ensuring its preservation. Such enthusiasm, however, did not yet reflect itself in any general move to secure the preservation of the remains of monasteries.

Reconstruction drawing of the cloister arcade at Bordesley Abbey, built in the late fourteenth or fifteenth century. This type of traceried, glazed arcade commonly replaced earlier open arcades. Drawing by David Walsh, supplied by the Bordesley Abbey Project. west of the church and from it the precinct bank can be traced towards the north. Next to the gatehouse stood the chapel at the gate (capella ad portam) which was available for worship by lay people, thereby preserving the solitude of the Cistercian monks.

The site was the subject of excavation from 1968 to 1975 (Christie and Goad 1980). Denny began in 1159 as a dependent cell of the Benedictine cathedral priory of Ely. The monks commissioned a small masonry church, but probably remained in temporary timber living quarters during the short history of the cell. 23 metres long. After eleven years, possibly because of indebtedness, the site was transferred to the Knights Templar. This order had been established after the First Crusade to protect the holy places and the pilgrims they attracted.

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