Whitby Abbey is a ruined Benedictine Abbey overlooking the North Sea on the East Cliff Above Whitby in North Yorkshire, England. It was disestablished during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under the auspices of Henry VIII. | by Jörg Schumacher on 500px
The fictional Thornbury Abbey appears in the novel, based on the many abbeys that existed in medieval England. This is Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, England, which operated from 1132 until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. http://simon-rose.com/books/the-heretics-tomb/historical-background/
In 1533 Thomas Cromwell took up residence at Canonbury Tower Islington, and from this location organised the dissolution of the monasteries and their transfer into royal ownership. In 1539 Henry VIII gave the Canonbury Manor to Cromwell, presumably as a thank you for the £900,000 a year Henry had made out of the transfers. Cromwell was executed for treason in 1540. http://www.olivercromwell.org/islington.htm
Dissolution of the Monastaries: 1536-1541 carried out under the direction of Henry VIII. These are the ruins of Furness Abbey, dissolved in 1539. Anne was a prime force in influencing the King to dissolve the monastaries in order to destroy papal authority in England. The Dissolution of the Monastaries caused upheaval in England, because the religious tenants were forced onto the streets and into poverty, causing severe economic difficulties for the country.
Whitby Abbey is a ruined Benedictine abbey overlooking the North Sea on the East Cliff above Whitby in North Yorkshire, England. It was disestablished during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under the auspices of Henry VIII.