Monday, August 26, 2013

Whitby Abbey: A haunting history

I have a passion for abbey ruins. Part of the reason is that I am writing a thriller trilogy set during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and through my research I've discovered fascinating things about the world inhabited by my protagonist, a Dominican novice, in Dartford. But every ruin has a story to tell, and few are as enthralling as Whitby, in North Yorkshire...

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Monday, August 19, 2013

The Power of Tintern Abbey

Nearly 1000 years after it was founded, Tintern Abbey continues to awe and inspire. The Welsh monastery survived war, plague and the dissolution of Henry VIII. Roofless and crumbling, it nonetheless possesses a haunting beauty...

Read the latest in my blog series on monastic ruins to learn its fascinating history