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 1st century British ruler was the model for Shakespeare's Cymbeline
He ruled from his capital at Colchester (Camelodenum)
He ruled much of souther Britain from 10-42 AD and had friendly relations with the Romans
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27 November, 1495
James V of Scotland receives Perkin Warbeck at Stirling
Warbeck was trying to raise support for his attempts to claim the English throne as Richard IV