By Janet Burton, Karen Stöber
This quantity is a entire, richly illustrated advisor to the non secular homes of Wales from the 12th throughout the 16th centuries. It deals a radical creation to the heritage of monastic orders in Wales, together with the Benedictines, Cluniacs, Cistercians, and so forth moreover, it presents distinct bills of just about sixty communes of non secular women and men. Descriptions of the extant is still of the structures, in addition to maps, flooring plans, and vacationer details make this not only a piece of scholarship, yet an fundamental advisor for pilgrims to boot.
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We need to remember, however, that bishops tended to record what was wrong, and not to mention what was right. And, like Archbishop Pecham of Canterbury, who visited a number of Welsh religious houses in 1284, they had high standards and expectations. Nevertheless these sources do give an indication of where the problems lay: financial mismanagement, failure to observe silence at due times, sexual incontinence, or relaxation of the boundaries between monks, nuns, or canons, and the outside world.
The knights stationed at Slebech did more than administer estates, however, but were active there as elsewhere in Wales in the provision of care for the sick and for those on the road. WHY FOUND A MONASTERY? It will have become clear that the establishment of a monastery needed more than a number of men and women who wanted to live the religious life. A medieval monastery might be a major investment, and even a small and modest house (like some of the Benedictine priories of south Wales) would have required a commitment of resources.
A monastery such as Margam would not only have been seen as a Cistercian monastery, a member of that renowned international order, but as a monastery in the patronage of the earls of Gloucester. This would have affected how it regarded itself and how it was viewed by others. Chronicle references to the destruction of monastic property during periods of conflict between the English and the Welsh show clearly how monasteries were closely identified with their patrons. There can be no clearer example of this than King John’s order in 1212 for the destruction of Strata Florida because it ‘harbours our enemies’.
Abbeys and Priories of Medieval Wales by Janet Burton, Karen Stöber