Event detail for site: Carmarthen
c. 1125: Dissolution
The monks of Battle were sent home c. 1125 and were replaced by a community of Augustinian Canons.
This change was instigated by Bishop Bernard of St Davidâ€™s (1115-48), the first Norman bishop of the see, who successfully strove to recover the priory. The Chronicle of Battle Abbey includes a colourful account of Bernardâ€™s actions and describes how he was â€˜seduced by the delightfulness of the placeâ€™ and showed â€˜an extraordinarily strong greedâ€™ in his attempts to acquire the monastery. The bishop was relentless and ultimately victorious but Henry I compensated Battle for its loss by granting the Sussex community Langrish (Hampshire), worth seventy shillings, to hold forever free and quit of all customs.
People associated with this event
Bernard , bishop of St David's
The Chronicle of Battle Abbey, Oxford Medieval Texts, ed. Eleanor Searle (Oxford, 1980) pp. 124-125
Medieval Religious Houses, England and Wales, ed. R. Neville Hadcock and David Knowles (Harlow, 1971) p. 62
Cowley, F. G., The Monastic Order in South Wales 1066-1349 (Cardiff, 1977) pp. 168-9
Other events in the history of this site
c.1110: Foundation - The priory was founded c. 1110 when Henry I granted St Peter's chapel, Carmarthen, to the monks of Battle Abbey (Sussex) to establish a cell. [1 sources]
c.1125: Dissolution - The monks of Battle were sent home c. 1125 and were replaced by a community of Augustinian Canons. [3 sources]
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