Session 1516: City and Monastery, III: Monastic Towns
Thursday 12 July 2007, 09.00-10.30
|Moderator/Chair:||Charles McClendon, Department of Fine Arts, Brandeis University, Massachusetts|
|Paper 1516-a||'Social Construction of Space' in Monastic Towns of South-Eastern England|
Index terms: Local History, Religious Life, Social History
|Paper 1516-c||Monasteries in Medieval Cities in the Northern Netherlands|
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Monasticism
Paper a: Spatial arrangement of the town seems to be one of the features which make ‘monastic’ towns different from those belonging to other seigneurs. It implies also the ‘social construction of space’. This issue could include such different aspects as definition of the religious precinct and the sanctuary rights of the monastery, the way in which townspeople may have used those spaces, use of the abbey church for parochial purposes, etc. This paper will explore the phenomenon on the material of South-Eastern England which provides a variety of monastic towns with different characteristics and the level of development.