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on 9 September 2013
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.