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By Janet Burton, Karen Stöber

This quantity is a accomplished, richly illustrated consultant to the spiritual homes of Wales from the 12th in the course of the 16th centuries. It deals a radical advent to the historical past of monastic orders in Wales, together with the Benedictines, Cluniacs, Cistercians, and so on additionally, it offers special debts of just about sixty communes of spiritual women and men. Descriptions of the extant continues to be of the structures, in addition to maps, flooring plans, and vacationer details make this not only a piece of scholarship, yet an vital advisor for pilgrims besides.

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Many churches are dedicated to St Mary, who is variously described as St Mary, the Virgin Mary, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. We have standardised this to ‘St Mary’. References are given only for direct quotations. Each entry is followed by a short list of books and articles for further reading. These are given in the author– date form, and the interested reader who seeks further information may refer to the bibliography. In this list we also acknowledge the sources of information for our entry.

Abbots were frequently buried in the chapter house, and the significance of the room is often marked, as at Valle Crucis, by the ornateness of the entrance. On the first floor of the east range lay the monks’ dormitory, where the brothers slept side by side until the bell summoned them to the night office, the first INTRODUCTION 29 office of the day in the early hours of the morning. They accessed the monks’ choir directly via the night stairs at the north end of the dormitory. Remains of night stairs can be seen at Neath.

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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