Chapter 5 The Dominicans in Wales

In: A Companion to the English Dominican Province  
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Janet Burton
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Karen Stöber
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Abstract

The Dominican friars occupied five of the ten mendicant houses in Wales, making them numerically the strongest of the four orders that settled in Wales. Like the Franciscans with three priories and the Austins and Carmelites with a single settlement each, the Friars Preacher in Wales are poorly documented. They occupied urban sites in south Wales (Cardiff, Haverfordwest, and Brecon), and in the north (Bangor, Rhuddlan) but were absent from the central regions of the country. This chapter explores the identity of the founders of the Dominican houses of Wales, and their benefactors; their locations with the urban communities, both in relation to other religious houses and parish churches, and to centres of secular power; their size (where known); preaching activities and – in the case of Haverfordwest – their involvement in pilgrimage; their standing remains and funerary monuments. 

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