and Monasteries in Wales
A guide to Wales, highlighting attractions, history, and visitor information.
Medieval Abbeys and Monasteries in Wales
The vast majority of monastic establishments in Wales belonged to the Cistercian order. This was partly due to the encouragement of the Norman invaders of Wales, who saw in the French-based order a means of lessening the influence of Welsh Celtic Christianity. The Cistercians generally opted for a life of simplicity and hard work in remote and inaccessible areas, though this did not stop them from building very profitable monastic houses and owning vast tracts of territory.
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This Benedictine monk and scholar succeeded Lanfranc as Archbishop of Canterbury in 1093
He was exiled by William II but recalled by Henry I, who then exiled him again
His feast day is 21 August
This Day in British History
25 October, 1154
Death of King Stephen
Stephen is succeeded by Henry Plantagenet, son of Empress Matilda (Queen Maud)