Mystical Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones

By Richard Jones

A charming advisor to over a hundred mystical locations from abbeys and imprecise caves to holy wells and Druid stones, all open to the general public and illustrated via in particular commissioned images. Maps of every quarter and placement, addresses and contact numbers of every situation are integrated.

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Burgh or Bury St Edmunds. Following th e arman im'asion, the ahbey flourbh ed and evc ntu all y beca me one of the la rge::. t Benedi ctine 11l0n asteri e~ in England . ) nor all comemplation and meditation, for from th e 14th century onwards th ey encoumered increasing hostility from the local people \\'ho grew tired of bei ng und er the influence of 11115 po werful abbey. They h aJ barely reco"ereJ fro m the financial burden of rebuilding, when in 14 31. rh e we::. ,0 enjoyed their hos pi ta lity th at he stayed for four months, Finall y.

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