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What did medieval monasteries mean to those living inside them, to those who founded and helped them with gifts or protection, and to those who lived near them? Professor Holdsworth examines these...

Stella Rock sees a renaissance of religious traditions at what was one of Russia’s most vibrant monasteries before the Soviet purge.

Volume: 59 Issue: 2 2009

Richard Cavendish looks back at the life of a most pious Christian saint.

Volume: 59 Issue: 4 2009

R. E. Foster puts the dissolution of the monasteries into historical context.

Issue: 61 2008

Julie Kerr looks at the role of hospitality to the Benedictine community between the years 1066 to 1250, and how monks and nuns sought to fulfil their monastic obligations in this respect  without impeding their ideals.

Volume: 57 Issue: 11 2007

A Jewish-born Carmelite nun murdered at Auschwitz and due to be canonised by the Pope in October, is claimed to have been betrayed to the Nazis by a high-ranking Benedictine monk.

Volume: 48 Issue: 10 1998

Monks and nuns living together: not a cause for scandal but, as Barbara Mitchell explains, an intriguing window onto the variety of monastic life - under the aegis of remarkable abbesses - before the Conquest.

Volume: 45 Issue: 10 1995
Three new studies of the Reformation period
1995
Catherine Hills examines two books focussing on Britain in the Middle Ages
1994

What made medieval monks laugh? Edward Coleman looks at humour, holy men and the sub-texts of comment in 12th-century England.

Volume: 43 Issue: 6 1993

Tim Tatton-Brown reviews the picture of one of Anglo-Saxon England's best-known saints built up at a major exhibition in Canterbury for the millennium of his death.

Volume: 38 Issue: 4 1988

Intellectual sharpness and an aggressive building programme marked the Norman transformation of English monasticism.

Volume: 36 Issue: 3 1986
The year 1980 is being celebrated throughout the world as the fifteen-hundredth anniversary of the birth of St Benedict, whose rule, explains Henry Loyn, has been the leading inspiration for monastic life in the Western church.
Volume: 30 Issue: 11 1980

The Friars Hermits of St Augustine founded their London house in 1253. L.W. Cowie describes how, after the Reformation, it became the Dutch Protestant Church.

Volume: 29 Issue: 1 1979

L.W. Cowie describe show the Franciscans came to London in the thirteenth century and founded a highly patronised friary.

Volume: 26 Issue: 7 1976

‘The pleasure of books possessed me from childhood’ wrote this twelfth-century historian. Among other work, William of Malmesbury, writes J.J.N. McGurk, produced an Historia Novella, extending until 1142.

Volume: 26 Issue: 11 1976

Stephen Clissold describes how, after twenty years of life as a nun, St Teresa began to experience visions and ecstasies which led her to found, in Avila, a reformed Carmelite convent.

Volume: 25 Issue: 8 1975

Harold F. Hutchison describes how the tastes and affections of King Edward II were disgusting to the medieval orthodoxy of monks and barons.

Volume: 21 Issue: 8 1971

W.N. Bryant introduces Bede, the ‘Father of English History’, a Northumbrian Monk who devoted his life to study, teaching and church services.

Volume: 19 Issue: 6 1969

During the first half of the thirteenth century, Matthew Paris recorded in words and drawings the events of world history. W.N. Bryant tells his story.

Volume: 19 Issue: 11 1969

Deryck Abel reflects on a crucial figure in the dispute between King John of England and Pope Innocent III, which in turn led to the issuing of Magna Carta in 1215.

Volume: 7 Issue: 2 1957

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