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Cistercian Life:
The Cistercian Order
Cistercians in Britain
Cistercians in Yorkshire
Organisation
Cistercian Spirituality
Lay Brothers
Monastic Life
Images of Cistercian Life
Women
Daily Life
Tours
Learning
Environment

About the Project

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People

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Cistercian Life

Through these pages you can explore the history of the Cistercian order from its origins in Burgundy to its introduction in Britain and Yorkshire. You will also be able to explore various aspects of Cistercian life including the organisation of the Order, the monks’ and lay brothers' daily routine, Cistercian spirituality and environment.

Cistercian Order

THE CISTERCIANS

Cistercian Organisation

ORGANISATION

|Cistercian administration | The General Chapter | Visitation |

Cistercian Spirituality

SPIRITUALITY
| The Cistercian church | Devotion to the Virgin | An essay on the Cistercian liturgy (pdf file)| Monastic Devotion | Music |

lay-brothers

LAY-BROTHERS

|Their place in the Order | Lifestyle |

Monastic Life

MONASTIC LIFE
|Cistercian clothing | Death and burial | Food and drink | Manual labour | Sickness and health | Hospitality | Charity

Images of Cistercian Life

IMAGES OF CISTERCIAN LIFE
| Community | Daily life | Work | Sources | Cistercians through modern eyes |

Women

WOMEN
| Introduction | Nuns | The Cistercians’ attitude to women visitors | Benefactors |

Daily Life

DAILY LIFE- Requires Flash
| Day in the life of a monk | Day in the life of a lay-brother | Who’s Who in the Abbey | Modem Versions |

Tours

TOURS

| Abbey church at Kirkstall | Fontenay abbey |

Cistercians Learning

LEARNING
| The Oxford college | The Library at Rievaulx | The Library at Fountains |

Enviroment

ENVIRONMENT

| Overview | Farming | Industry | Water | Woodland |