LITERACY IN CONTEXT: THE ROLE OF LITERACY IN DUNBRODY ABBEY, CO. WEXFORD, IN THE MEDIEVAL PERIOD
Price, Jean (Headland Archaeology Ltd., Cork, Ireland)
Quest, Issue 6, Spring (2009)
The role of literacy is so deeply entrenched in the social and religious way of life in Cistercian abbeys that it is visible in tangible elements of the religious order, in particular, in the architecture. This paper will briefly outline the establishment of the Cistercian Order in Ireland before discussing the history of Dunbrody Abbey, Co. Wexford, in detail. These two elements will then form the basis for a discussion of particular literary practices in this one particular abbey as portrayed by the remaining architectural and archaeological evidence.