Welsh language Strata Florida Abbey Pamphlet Guide
Welsh language Strata Florida Abbey Pamphlet Guide
In 1164, a small band of white friars from Whitland abbey travelled to the area where Pontrhydfendigaid is located today. They went under the patronage of the local Norman lord, Robert Fitz Stephen, to establish a new abbey for the modern Cistercian order. The first monastery was located on the banks of the Fflur stream but before long, the brothers moved to build more permanent buildings about 1.5 miles (2.4km) to the north-east, under the auspices of Lord Rhys, the powerful prince of Deheubarth. For more than a century, Strata Florida would be central to the national life of Wales.
The Cistercian order had been formed in 1098 in Cîteaux in the Burgundy region of France, to live according to the strict rules of Saint Benedict, and their abbeys were always built in remote areas. By 1131, they had arrived in Wales and set up Tintern Abbey. By 1140, the brothers were at Whitland. In the first instance, the order was sponsored by the Anglo-Normans, and the Welsh rejected them. However, within a year after establishing Strata Florida, Lord Rhys (d.1197) had captured large parts of Deheubarth and had decided to sponsor the Cistercians.
Product Code: CPC00032
Published 2016 / 8 pages / ISBN 978-1-8576-359-0
Size 150mm (w) x 210mm (h) Welsh language
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