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Explain what monasteries were and how they were important to people in either the century before the Norman Conquest or the twelfth century. M.D. Knowles, The Monastic Order in England (2nd edn.) is the classic account, and his The Religious Orders in England (2 vols.) take the story on from 1216. He writes very well, partly because he takes his time; unfortunately this makes his books too long for most student use. Try his Saints and Scholars (1963) for a selection of representative portraits. R. Graham has a good brief sketch in G. Barraclough (ed.), Social Life in Early England . J.E. Burton, Monastic and Religious Orders in Britain, 1000-1300 (1994) is a good recent synthesis with references to earlier literature; cap. 5 is on "Women and the Religious Life". J.C. Dickenson, Monastic Life in Medieval England (1962) and R. Midmer, English Medieval Monasteries (1979) are other recommendations. On the "Tenth Century Reformation" or "Benedictine Revival" [Note how loaded each label is], the traditional piouis account has been given a political and economic spin over the last
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