Early Monasteries in Cornwall

April 1989
14 black and white illustrations
160 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Celtic History
ISBN: 9780851154787
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press

Early Monasteries in Cornwall

Lynette Olson

This is the first study for more than seventy years to consider the early monasteries of Cornwall through a combination of evidence —written sources (the first hagiography of Brittany and Cornwall, ecclesiastical documents, Anglo-Saxon charters, Domesday Book), place-names and material remains. The main emphasis is on identifying the sites of these monasteries, and tracing their survival to later periods; Dr Olson also considers the origin and progress of monasticism in south-west Britain, and looks at the monasteries' characteristics and, in a broader context, their place in Church and society.


The starting point for any future work on this subject...It is quite possible that this will remain the last word on the early monastic church in Cornwall. ALBIONOlson's book becomes now the basis on which all future study of early Cornish monasticism must proceed - excellent addition to our knowledge of the early middle ages. SPECULUMVery solid, well researched, suitably cautious and thgroughly useful addition to literature on early Cornwall. MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY

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