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Previously, I have shown the approaches to the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey; this time you can view inside the elevated ruins.

The visitors could not help touching the stones or standing looking upwards. I imagine they were admiring the arches, considering how such a magnificent building was created so many centuries ago, or why it had been forced into this state of dilapidation!

When Henry VIII caused the dissolution of the monasteries, in the 16th century, he was all powerful and the monks were subject to his authority!

The monasteries were a reminder of the power of the Catholic Church. It was also true that the monasteries were the wealthiest institutions in the country, and Henry’s lifestyle, along with his wars, had led to a lack of money. Monasteries owned over a quarter of all the cultivated land in England. By destroying the monastic system Henry could acquire all its wealth and property whilst removing its Papist influence.

For more information about the actual abbey, please see my previous posts from Rievaulx.

Thank you for your interest, Bev :-)

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