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A monastery is a building or buildings inhabited by a community of monks living together under religious vows.

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How often would monks leave their monasteries in the Middle Ages?

I have been reading about medieval monasteries, and I recently read that monks could sometimes act as village priests. This confused me as I had read that monks couldn't leave their monasteries. Was ...
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Who were the social elites of the European middle ages?

I have recently been reading into the European Middle Ages, where one of the challenges is the limited sources available. I have often seen seen this described as a source bias towards the elite ...
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Why did Western Christian monasticism really take off in Ireland?

I'm reading this wikipedia article and it seems like Western Christian monasticism came originally from Egypt, and then had small followings in Italy and northeastern France before somehow skipping ...
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Did monasteries hold land and collect rent in medieval Europe?

In Ken Follett's series of books about the fictional town of Kingsbridge, the monastery essentially acts as lord over the surrounding area. They collect rent on lands they own, hear cases between the ...
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Were monasteries a refuge for mentally handicapped adults?

I cannot find a citation but I believe I read a quote by Galton that indicated this. I know this was not the sole function of such places but it makes sense to me that a borderline mentally ...