David M. Robinson
MONASTIC RESEARCH BULLETIN: University of York,Issue 18 (2012)
This note introduces readers of the Monastic Research Bulletin to two initiatives concerned with the Augustinian canons: a long-standing research programme by the author, and a forthcoming conference in Oxford. The particular focus of both these initiatives is on buildings, with the intention of presenting fresh insights into the architecture and archaeology of Augustinian monastic churches and claustral buildings, as well as considering the all-important liturgical use of these spaces. In broad terms, the primary aim of the research programme is to produce an architectural history of the Augustinian canons in England and Wales.
The conference, on the other hand, will consider a wider spectrum of evidence from across the entire British Isles. In both cases, however, there is a clear appreciation that in order to understand the Augustinians in Britain, it is essential to take into account the wider European historical and architectural contexts. To begin with, and by way of background, the opportunity is taken to review the existing literature on the Augustinians in two sections. The first looks at material with a largely historical bearing on the canons in England and Wales, and the second considers our present state of knowledge on their buildings.