Life as a Nun

Life as a Nun
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  • I am a medieval nun, which means that I am from a wealthier group in society and I have a gret deal of control over my life. I spend my days in the church, praying for the nobles who pay my church.
  • As religious women, us nuns have a set of rules that were fist written by Augustine of Hippo and continued by the bishop Caesarius of Arles.
  • Augustine's rules emphasized the need for obedience and for each nun to subordinate herself to the community.
  • Caesarius' rule for women emphasized that women should not be able to leave the gates of their community once they have entered.
  • Caesarius also insisted on our religious life. Incoming nuns were to give up their individual property when they entered. Then, praying, working, eating, sleeping. and all other activities were to be shared. The religous life was becoming more structured and separate from an everyday life.
  • Seven times a day and once during the night, nuns gather at the church to pray, sing, and read and listen to religious texts. We prepared food, copied manuscripts, mended clothing and cared for the sick. 
  • Overall, the nunneries needed economic support to continue functioning. We go thtis money form the members of the nobility. The kings and queens founded religious institutions and donated land and money. In return, we had to pray for them and their families and the salvation of their souls. 
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