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Guidebook: St Augustines Abbey

Guidebook: St Augustines Abbey


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St Augustine's Abbey was founded in 598 following St Augustine's successful mission to Kent to begin the conversion of the English to Christianity. King Ethelbert, the first convert, gave Augustine a site to build a monastery for the monks who had accompanied him from Italy.

Once the burial place of the kings of Kent and early archbishops of Canterbury, the abbey was altered and extended under successive abbots and totally rebuilt after the Norman Conquest. Following its dissolution in 1538, the abbey was later used as a royal palace by Henry VIII. After being acquired by a succession of private owners, the site fell into neglect until it was rescued in 1844 by A.J. Beresford Hope who committed himself to excavating and preserving the ruins.

This guidebook traces, in words and pictures, the intriguing development of the Abbey site which was altered and extended under successive abbots and totally rebuilt after the Norman Conquest.

Key Features:

  • 32 pages
  • Paperback
  • Published in 2013 (revised reprint)

Size: Approx. 210 mm (w) x 260 mm (h)
Author: Judith Roebuck
ISBN: 9781850746690

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