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Reading Abbey and the Abbey Quarter

By Peter Durrant, John Painter



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Readings Abbey, founded in 1121 by King Henry I of England, was huge, wealthy and important until Henry VIIIs dissolution in 1539, after which it declined over the years into the picturesque ruins that grace the north bank of the Kennet today. This history of the Abbey and the Abbey Quarter relates the motive behind its foundation, the relics that made it a famous destination for pilgrims from all over Europe, the part it played in royal and parliamentary life, the story of its downfall and its continuing influence on the geography and buildings of the town. With detailed descriptions of the Abbey buildings and their layout alongside features on monastic life and the Abbots, the book brings to life the role of the Abbey in the town both before and after its dissolution. A walking tour (with map) of the Abbey Quarter provides readers with an opportunity to discover the clues history has left behind; it indicates where some of the Abbey stone has ended up, and allows readers to connect directly with the past and understand the legacy we are left with today.

Product code: 9781909747395

ISBN 9781909747395
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H200xW200
No. Of Pages 128
Publisher Two Rivers Press
An account of the history of Reading's Abbey and the changes to its ruins and the surrounding area after the Dissolution in 1539.