By the mid-eighteenth century the library contained about 4,300 volumes (or between 1940 and 1990 titles), comparable in size to libraries of other Cistercian
houses though, we are told, small compared to some Benedictine ones.
Far from being in political isolation, he said the patrons of abbeys in Wales must have been influential to attract the Cistercians
here the first place.
First featured in these pages at project stage (AR April 2005), Pierre Thibault's new abbey for a community of Cistercian
monks in rural Quebec is now complete.
at Bective Abbey were far more sustainable, as they farmed 4,000 acres of land, processed their own corn and began a programme of land reclamation," she said.
In the final essay, Claire Cross discusses the last years of the Cistercian
Abbey of Roche in Yorkshire.
Eight hundred years earlier, the Cistercians
had the same thought.
Bruern Abbey in Oxfordshire, another Cistercian
foundation and a poorly endowed one too, was only able to support six monks.
The third Cistercian
singled out by Posset is Henricus Urbanus (d.
The story begins with the Cistercians
, a reformist-minded order of Catholic monks founded in France in 1098 in reaction to the laxity of other monastic orders of the day.
The operation was sold over 20 years ago when, a victim of its own success, it encroached excessively on the time the Cistercians
required for prayer and contemplation.
also hope to obtain grants from the European Union to launch their own cheese and honey manufacturing operations.
Basically, in the late 12th century the Cistercians
created an early history for themselves, partly through a misunderstanding of earlier documents and events and partly through deliberate forgeries.
But since 1537, when Lutheranism was introduced to the country, there have been no Cistercians
rising before dawn and praying their way through the day in Norway.
rejected wealth yet became very wealthy through keeping sheep which supplied the local wool trade.
Far from avoiding lay society, therefore, the Cistercians
became deeply embroiled in the social, economic, and political developments of the twelfth century.