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 great of spiritual constructions. They have been equipped with a company feel of devotion, and without fee spared, via groups which had a religion established upon venerable appreciate for the ability and authority of the Church. The grace and majesty in their building, and the attractive rural settings of such a lot of, lead them to an ideal vacation spot for viewers all year long. Trevor Yorke, utilizing diagrams, pictures and illustrations, explains the heritage of those structures and describes how they have been utilized in the centuries sooner than the good Dissolution by way of Henry VIII in 1536, which left so much of them in ruins.

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Others might imagine soaring cathedrals, a large number of which were once monasteries, or other great churches that still bear the title Abbey or Priory, revealing their medieval origin. Most, though, will picture hooded monks walking in silence around cloisters or standing with the shaved top of their heads exposed whilst chanting in the church choir. I have always found it frustrating to match my image of what a medieval abbey would have looked like with the fragmented remains that I can visit today.

13). 6: A view of a 13th century abbey church with a cut out exposing the interior and labels highlighting the style of its various features. During the 13th century, larger windows were designed, at first with simple openings appearing to be cut out of a flat piece of stone – known as plate tracery – then from the mid 13th century the more familiar bar tracery became common, using bands of stone to make more elaborate shapes. This developed into dramatic sinuous (curvilinear) patterns marking the Decorated style, which dominated ecclesiastical architecture in the early 14th century.

The Gilbertines, the only home-grown monastic order, had them, with Augustinian canons and Benedictine nuns living in the same complex but never permitted to see each other. They might share the same church and hear the same service but a division built within prevented eye contact. 9: EXEMPLAR ABBEY c1100: Shortly after our last visit, 300 years earlier, the monastery was devastated by Viking raiders and largely abandoned. In the revitalised days of the 11th century it has been refounded and a new set of monastic buildings erected around a cloister on the site of the original church (A), but as was often the case more accurately aligned in an east-west direction.

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