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Aston, Monasteries in the Landscape. Aston, Mick. Monasteries in the Landscape. Stroud, Tempus Publishing, 2000. 17 cm x 25 cm. 223 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with minor signs of external wear. Slightly worn corners. Clean inside with solid binding.

Includes the following chapters: The Illustrations / Preface / Acknowledgements / Introduction / Monasteries in the landscape / The earliest monasteries / Anglo-Saxon monasteries before the Vikings / Saxon and Norman monasteries / The new orders / Monastic precincts / Monastic estates, lands and buildings / The later Middle Ages and the Dissolution / From the Dissolution to the present day.

″In the Middle Ages monasteries were among the greatest owners of land in Britain; today their influence on the landscape can be seen not only in the magnificent monastic ruins, but also in earthworks, patterns of landholding and even industrial remains. Mick Aston examines the place of monasteries in the landscape – how they affected and were affected by the countryside in which they were built. He explains how monasticism arrived in Britain – growing from austere beginnings to rich and powerful estates. He looks at why abbeys and priories were sited where they were and at all aspects of their activities – estate management, farming policy, industrial and commercial operations in the countryside and in towns. The story does not end with the Dissolution: the book also discusses how many of their estates and buildings were bought by private owners and adapted for secular use. Whether you are an amateur archaeologist/historian or student, this magnificently illustrated book will direct you to the signs in the landscape that reveal the past glory of Britain’s monasteries.” (Publisher)

Keywords: Geography, Irish Religion, Irish Religion & Church History, Irish Religious History, landscape, Medieval, Medieval Architecture, Monasticism, Skellig Michael

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Nevill, Geology and Ireland. Nevill, W.E. Geology and Ireland. Dublin, Allen Figgis, 1974. 13.5 cm x 21 cm. XV, 263 pages. Original softcover. Very good condition with minor signs of external wear. Some discolouration of cover and browning of page edges. Inscription by preowner. Fragile binding.

Includes for example the following essays: Igneous Rocks: Volcanoes / Sedimentary Rocks / Metamorphic Rocks / The Common Minerals / Weathering / Soils of Ireland / Mineral and Ore Deposits / Geological Maps and Sections: Form of Outcrops / Folds, Faults and Joints / Basement Rocks: Irish Dalradians / Devonian (Old Red Sandstone) / Carmoniferous / New Red Standstone: Jurassic: Cretaceous etc.

″This text is an introduction to Geology and Physical Geography, intended primarily for students at advanced school and lower university levels, but it should also meet the requirements of laymen and all who view these two branches of science as cultural subjects. Because of the importance of agriculture in Ireland, a complete chapter is devoted to the country’s soils.” (Publisher)

Keywords: Geography, Geology, Irish History, Irish Interest, Rocks

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