Famous Abbeys Of England2013
By Amelia Meyer
Christianity arrived in England as early (and, perhaps, even earlier) than the second century of our Common Era (CE), although it remains a matter of dispute regarding who introduced it. Christian monasteries and convents are referred to as abbeys, which originally comes from Syriac abba, meaning .father. in reference to God. An abbey is governed by an Abbot or Abbess, depending on whether it is a monastery (for men) or a convent (for women, also known as a nunnery). This person is the spiritual head of the institution. Even abbeys that are no longer in use are still referred to by the same name.