On-line talk – ‘Piety and Peril: medieval monastic foundation and consequent violence’ by Dr David Stephenson
Dr David Stephenson’s career as a historian has taken him to appointments in the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Aberystwyth, Bangor and more. He is a prize-winning author of several standard works on medieval Welsh History, and a well-known lecturer. His Medieval Powys 1132-1293 won the inaugural Francis Jones Prize for Welsh History in 2017.
In medieval Wales religion, politics and economics often went hand in hand to make up a toxic mix of violence and life or death issues. To illustrate this we shall look at the cases of the emergence of some Cistercian abbeys including Margam in Glamorgan, Strata Marcella in Powys, Cymer in Gwynedd and, appropriately for a Founder’s Day Lecture, Cwmhir in Maelienydd.
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