4 thoughts on “Gatehouse, Easby Abbey

  1. I read a lot of English medieval and renaissance history. Your pictures sometimes show the places where kings and nobles stayed on their itinerant rounds through the kingdom.
    I know that a number of castles and abbeys were demolished during repeated turbulent times, but it thrills me when you have a photo of what remains of famous abbeys, castles, and fortresses.
    I now do not remember if Easby Abbey is one of those, but it is certainly representative of English Abbeys, or so I imagine …
    England has a very interesting history full of ‘greater than life’ men and women, and full of inventions serving to regulate civil life.

    • Easby Abbey is not so far from Richmond Castle, where, legend has it, King Arthur lies hidden in a cave under the castle.
      As to the demolition for the the monasteries – this was largely down to our Henry VIII in the ‘dissolution of the monasteries’.
      If I had time I would visit each of the remaining abbeys/monasteries/etc to photograph them but as I don’t I have to grab what opportunities I can….. 😉

      • Right now I am revisiting Henry II and how he reorganized the country’s laws.
        … I did not read about King Arthur: that is mostly legend and myth… not a historical person.
        I have read about Henry VIII of course but castles and even monasteries were razed to the ground if they belonged to the losing party in the local warfare. Henry II had a few of them taken away as part of his “pacification” – he spent a lot of time on the continent but was very effective in England nevertheless. I thank you for listening to my ramblings. England has a long and rich history to wade into…

      • As it happens, I’m halfway through an evening class (short course) at York University that is covering ‘Medieval Monasteries in Yorkshire’. 😉 So far we’ve looked at how monasteries came about and will be looking at organisation/duties etc in the coming weeks. Another class will look at the Dissolution after Christmas, but I’ll be doing a course on Medieval churches then – which is my main interest.

        It’s clear from the few classes we’ve had so far, it would be quite possible to spend a long time looking at one monastery let alone the many there are around.

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