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Book: The Archaeology and Architecture of Monasteries in Ireland, 1100-1600

Chapter: Chapter 3 Settings and hinterlands

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.24180


Monasteries were set in landscapes that were exploited directly or indirectly: for example, Cistercian monks farmed land that they held whereas Franciscan friars collected their alms from those who inhabited or passed through their mainly sub-urban landscapes. This chapter analyzes such strategies of exploitation, and it assesses the importance of accessibility and visibility in the design and siting of monastic houses.

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