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The Best Abbey Links
Tourist, Informative or
This collection of links
showcases websites that either offer
information about a number of abbeys (grouped by order, perhaps, such
as the Cistercians), or delve deeply about the history of abbeys in
general or one abbey in particular (such as Psalmodi in France).
For the larger sites, such as Future Museum or Scotland Gazetteer,
enter search terms--either 'abbey' in general, or the name of the
particular abbey you are looking for.
I'll likely add more links as my Abbey
This one goes at the top, thanks
to University College London!! The UCL
English Monastics Archives
page is a searchable database where you
can find information on the English monasteries, including statistics
and documents. You can search by order, by house, by
county... What a cool thing!
- The University of Glasgow's Archaeology Research Division
covers a wide range of information including this page, Anglo-Saxon
Archaeology, which lists links to sites such as Sutton Hoo,
Rivenhall, Hamwick, pottery, buckets, urns, charters,
- For arm chair scholars, the University of Texas at Austin
offers the World Lecture
Hall. Those interested in finding university courses and
materials online can search by keyword or subject. From their
Lecture Hall publishes links to
pages created by faculty worldwide who are using the Web to deliver
course materials in any language."
- The BBC offers a good
selection of general history pages through their History site.
- Archnet is a sort of
"take you anywhere" collection of Archaeological links maintained and
hosted through the Archaeological Research Institute at Arizona State
University. The table of contents page is available in a number
of languages, including English.
- This site, The Cistercians in Yorkshire,
focuses on the North Yorkshire Abbeys Byland, Kirkstall, Fountains,
Rievaulx, and Roche, but offers much, much more including this comprehesive list of
abbeys and information and an overview of Cistercian life.
http://cistercians.shef.ac.uk/ What are monks? What do
monks do? Those questions are answered here.
- Williams College monastery excavations
offers a close up look at an abandoned monastery, making the
information gleaned there valuable for any general study. The
dig focuses on the Benedictine Monastery of Saints Peter and Paul, at
Psalmodi in France.
Percy is a "lost medieval village" brought to the web through Ken
Thomkin's Lost Village pages at the Richard Stockton College of New
- Under the umbrella of their general history pages, the BBC
also offers pages with a focus on Scottish History.
Pages with information about abbeys can be found under the
sidebar heading 'early church.'
- The Gazetteer
for Scotland claims to be "The first comprehensive gazetteer
produced for Scotland since 1885, it includes tourist attractions,
industries and historical sites, together with histories of family
names, biographies of famous people
and descriptions of historical events associated with Scotland."
It is a resource that
includes maps and timelines. The project was created by Bruce
Gittings and David Munro and is supported by the University of
Edinburgh and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.
- This is an extraordinary and wonderful heritage site--even
more so if you read Gaelic. CELT
is a "corpus of electronic texts" capturing and publishing the
historic texts of Ireland. Their Mission:
"To bring the wealth of Irish
literary and historical culture (in Irish,
Latin, Anglo-Norman French, and English) to the Internet in a
rigorously scholarly and user-friendly project for the widest possible
range of readers and researchers." http://www.ucc.ie/celt/
- The Council for
British Archaeology is a searchable database of articles, events
and other information. Included on the site is the magazine
Archaeology that is packed with tidbits of interest and the latest
finds, as well as links to other archaeological sites on the web.
- If you speak French, Romanes.com
offers extensive informations about French and other European religious
sites, exploring Gothic, Romanesque, and Cistercian art and
architecture. If you don't speak French, there are plenty of
photographs to keep you busy. Romanes.com does have an English Index, but the
information there is limited.
- The Christian
Catacombs of Rome is brought to the web by the Istituto Salesiano
San Callisto - Roma, and is an Italian site with many translations,
including English. The site is designed for the needs of tourists, arm
chair tourists, students, and pilgrims.
- Another site for Italy, comprehensive and in English, is
Bill Thayer's A
Gazetteer of Italy, which includes an extensive section on Italian
Churches. The Gazetteer features imformative guides and
hundreds of photos. A really wonderful site.
- A list of Spanish
Monasteries and links to information from libros de Guadalajara y
Castilla-La Mancha including a book by Antonio Herrera Casado. A great site--in Spanish. My two
college semesters of Spanish are sorely tested.
- More pages about France, this
one a wealth of information
with photographs as well. Cathedrals
and Churches in France was put together by Vic Freund at Centralia
College in Centralia, in Washington state.
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