medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

> I think we've had this argument before, but the difference between a 
> priory and an abbey is simply that the former is headed by a prior and the 
> latter by an abbot. This could depend as much as anything on the order 
> (not that there were "orders" in the late 11th or early 12th centuries, of 
> course.) For example, all Cistercian houses, regardless of size, are 
> abbeys, and most Augustinian houses, again regardless of size, are 
> priories.

And were not all Cluniac houses priories of the Abbey of Cluny no matter 
what size or where located ?


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