Medieval Monasteries in Yorkshire


Rievaulx Abbey, near Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Cistercian monks

with cowl (left) and without cowl (right)

The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester
By John Nichols, 1804


The Cistercians

Why did the north of England prove to be such a successful growth area for Cistercian monasticism between 1130-1160?

"The contribution of the Cistercian Order to the economic development of the north was little less than revolutionary". A discussion of this view of the Cistercians in the period 1130-1300.

To what extent did the Cistercians in Yorkshire have a policy of depopulation?




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