Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Monks In Medieval Times

The popular view of medieval monks is one of happy jolly people (witness the Robin Hood stories) but according to historical records the reality was entirely different!

Enclosed in their communities and often not undertaking any pastoral work they were often perceived as idle and even promiscuous. To quote Giraldus Cambrensis ....

"From the malice of monks, O Lord deliver us"

However, by the end of the 12th century religious rule was being undermined by easier living conditions and the decline of monasticism began.

If you would like to read more about medieval monasteries, priories and churches go to our medieval worship section. We also have a fascinating page on one of England's oldest churches - St. Etheldreda's in London - built during the reign of the infamous medieval King Edward I.

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