Fountains Abbey; The Story of a Medieval Monastery

9780217214315: Fountains Abbey; The Story of a Medieval Monastery

Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1904. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III THE DAILY LIFE OF THE MONKS The completed monastery had a stout stone wall about it, for security and peace. 11 enclosed an area of about four hundred yards in width, and more than twice that space in length. The longer reaches of the wall ran through high fields and woods on either side of the valley. At each end it crossed the river: at the west end was the main gate. Beside this gate stood the gate-house. Abbot Huby, in the sixteenth century, built a house here and established in it Robert Dawson and Ellen his wife; Robert to be porter and Ellen to be laundress. Robert was to keep the gate; and Ellen was to wash or cause to be washed (lavabit vel lavari faciei) the linen sheets (linthiamina) of the abbot and abbey guests, and to do it without unnecessary tearing--congrne et honeste sine lesione voluntaries vel ruptures eorumdem. The fact, however, that at Citeaux there was an outer as well as an inner gate-house, suggests that Abbot Huby was but erecting a new lodge in the place of an old one. Here, at the outer gate, long before Robert Dawson's day, the almoner dispensed his daily alms. Here the porter, at the sound of a knock, rose up crying, Deo gratias,2J expression of joyat an opportunity to be hospitable; met the guest, blessing him with a Benedicite, and hastened to inform the abbot of his arrival. The abbot led the visitor alone the road, having the river on his right and the high bank on his left, until they came to the little chapel, built in the twelfth . century, a part of whose west wall remains, with a round-headed window. There they said a prayer, after which the hospitaller took the guest in charge. The stables and barns were probably hereabouts. The mill is still standing, across the river, being now used as a dairyhouse ; but most of the present stru...

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