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 13th century Franciscan monk and scholar taught at Oxford and Paris, and is famous for his research into optics
He also studied alchemy and languages
He was censured and finally imprisoned by his own order for his scientific teachings
This Day in British History
09 March, 1566
David Rizzio murdered at Holyrood Palace
Rizzio was advisor and secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots.