Life as a Medieval Monk

Life as a Medieval Monk
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  • Some medieval monks came from aristocracy. They sworn to live a life of personal poverty, lived in stone facilities, had sufficient meals, and lived a strict, simple life.
  • Boys that joined the monastery at 15 became a novice. hey began a ceremony here where they shave their hair into a circle above the ears. They are separated from others and have their own dormitory for a year. In the end, they take vows to become a member and wear their hood for 3 days.
  • Monks were bound to the monastery for the rest of their lives according to their vows. However, some officers, ambassadors, officer, and regular monks could administer business affairs, transfer monasteries, be sent to university, and go beyond the monastery.
  • Everyday life of a monk was dedicated to worship, reading, manual labor, and learning. This included: providing education, copying religious texts, learning Latin, singing, producing food, and farming.
  • Monks could find many positions to take. The following roles: Abbot, Almoner, Barber Surgeon, Cantor, Infirmarian, Lector, Sacrist, or Prior.
  • Once a monk has lived their life and done their duties they were taken care of when they were ill or became old.
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