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As a guide at St Albans Abbey (in the Middle-Ages England's foremost Benedictine monastery) I have read many a weighty tome on monastic life and I can honestly say that this is to my mind the best book published on this subject in recent years. The illustrations are great and its engaging readability is underpinned by scholarly research. For example, it was invaluable to...
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All the essential information in a cheap book, always a good way of starting to study a involved historical subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars buy this book!, 9 Sep 2013
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As a guide at St Albans Abbey (in the Middle-Ages England's foremost Benedictine monastery) I have read many a weighty tome on monastic life and I can honestly say that this is to my mind the best book published on this subject in recent years. The illustrations are great and its engaging readability is underpinned by scholarly research. For example, it was invaluable to me when recently I was preparing a lecture on monastic medicine, as the section on 'Health and Sickness' gives details of the herbs grown at Norwich Cathedral Priory, the drugs and spices that the infirmarer was buying in, and the infusions he was making for colds. Roger Rosewell derived these fascinating details from the Priory Rolls, a source which I haven't found quoted in any other books on monastic life. In short if you only ever buy one book on this subject, I would make it this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 2 Feb 2013
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Well written and informative. Enabled my niece to produce a grade A projects for her GCSE history class. Full of interesting facts about the different types monastic orders.
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3.0 out of 5 stars As usual Shire have got it right, 14 Aug 2013
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All the essential information in a cheap book, always a good way of starting to study a involved historical subject.
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