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“The Premonstratensians in Medieval Ireland”
Date: Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Ft. Howard Theater, Bemis International Center, St. Norbert College

Miriam Clyne
 
Miriam Clyne
Miriam Clyne
Archaeologist, Global Irish Institute
University College, Dublin

The Premonstratensians (Norbertines) were a major religious order in medieval Christendom and they colonised eight monasteries and two hospitals in Ireland in the late twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The Irish houses were located in two regions which had different politics, cultures and ecclesiastical loyalties. The earliest monasteries were established from the important Scottish abbey of Dryburgh and they were patronised by the lord of Ulster as part of Anglo-Norman (English) conquest and settlement. Canons were brought from the chief abbey of the order at Prémontré in France to set up communities in Gaelic Connacht where the first abbey was founded by the king and the archbishop. In addition to the history of the Premonstratensians in Ireland, the significance of the monasteries in their medieval landscapes and the archaeological excavations at the best-preserved abbey on Lough Key will be discussed.



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