The Dissolution of Valle Crucis Abbey
Valle Crucis Abbey, a small Cistercian monastic settlement near Llangollen, founded in the thirteenth century by Madog, Prince of Powys, was one of the numerous religious houses destroyed during the reign of King Henry VIII. Today, 900 years after the establishment of the Cistercian Order in Wales, its ruins are a picturesque reminder of a long-gone way of life. In this thoroughly researched study, the author examines in detail the reasons behind the closure of the Abbey and the process by which it was achieved. Making use of primary sources he provides an invaluable study for anyone with an interest in sixteenth century political, ecclesiastical and local history.
75pp, 149 x 210mm, softback, indexed
Derrick Pratt was born in Acrefair, Wrexham and educated at Grove Park Grammar School and the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth where he read Georgaphy and German. He was Head of PE and Geography at Penley School where, for 25 years, he was also Deputy Head Teacher. Between 1961 and 1996 he was a part-time tutor in local history for the UCNW Extra-Mural Department. He is the President of the Wrexham Maelor Local History Society. A keen archaeologist, he has been involved in excavations at Rhyn Park, Wats Dyke and Oswestry Town Wall. He has written numerous articles and books on local history.