Fountains Abbey: The Cistercians in Northern England
Within the stunning 18th-century landscaped park of Studley Royal in Yorkshire, lies the ruins of Fountains Abbey, one of the finest examples of Cistercian architecture in Europe. Based on contemporary documentary evidence, excavations, and conservation work over the past 30 years, Glyn Coppack outlines the history from the first frontier mission center in 1132 to its subsequent growth through the centuries.
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