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Somerset Monasteries

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There were 28 regular religious foundations in the diocese of Bath and Wells dating from the 6th century onwards. This study begins with early foundations such as Glastonbury and Muchelney, and moves on chronologically.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Tempus
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E A M Harris
Jun 04, 2016 E A M Harris rated it it was amazing
This is a fairly scholarly, but readable, study of the subject. It covers in detail from Saxon times to the Dissolution in 1539, but only mentions 'in passing' later developments.
There are chapters on topics like who went into the religious life, what kind of person an abbot should be, how the monasteries were financed and what kind of property they owned. The historical perspective is constantly in the background but this is not a history in the straightforward sense of 'first this happened, th
Kate Parr
Aug 07, 2016 Kate Parr rated it liked it
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While this book is incredibly thorough in its sourcing of original records, the scattershot narrative makes it very difficult reading. There is no clear chronological or thematic line running through the book, so information about different monasteries or different periods in time are all over the place: this make sit hard to hold on to any of the information after reading. Its definitely worth a look, but I'd need to have made some serious notes to make sense of it all.
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