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A set of web links to information on medieval holy orders by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon. Nuns. Monks.


NOTE: See also the files: monks-msg, nuns-msg, pilgrimages-msg, relics-msg, Relics-fr-all-art, rosaries-msg, heretics-msg, Icons-art, popes-msg, religion-msg.





This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that I  have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.


This file is part of a collection of files called Stefan's Florilegium. These files are available on the Internet at: http://www.florilegium.org


I  have done  a limited amount  of  editing. Messages having to do  with separate topics  were sometimes split into different files and sometimes extraneous information was removed. For instance, the  message IDs  were removed to save space and remove clutter.


The comments made in these messages are not necessarily my viewpoints. I make  no claims  as  to the accuracy  of  the information  given by the individual authors.


Please  respect the time  and  efforts of  those who have written  these messages. The  copyright status  of these messages  is  unclear at this time. If  information  is  published  from  these  messages, please give credit to the originator(s).


Thank you,

    Mark S. Harris                  AKA:  THLord Stefan li Rous

                                          Stefan at florilegium.org



From: liontamr at ptd.net

Subject: Links: Get Thee to a Nunnery

Date: April 21, 2004 3:36:04 PM CDT

To: StefanliRous at austin.rr.com


Greetings all!


Yes, I am aware that Shakespeare was talking about Bawdy Houses when he

penned the lines in Romeo and Juliet wherein  Juliet's father orders her to a

nunnery. However, this Links List is about holy orders and the places they

inhabited in Medieval Europe (my kids read these Links Lists, after all :).


Please share this list wherever it will find a ready audience, and use these

links to update your webpages. Summer is coming, and I'd like to solicit

volunteer Linkers to help create these weekly lists. No fancy degrees or

special techie knowledge needed---just a love of learning and a hankering to

find out more about your favorite subjects. Please email me if  you are







Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon




Medieval Art Bibliography - Nuns



The Electronic Canterbury Tales

(in middle or modern English)



Monasteries in Medieval England

Daily life on a medieval monastery in England and Wales


(Site Excerpt) Early monasteries originated in Egypt as places where

wandering hermits gathered. These early "monks" lived alone, but met in a

common chapel. By the fifth century the monastic movement had spread to

Ireland, where St. Patrick, the son of a Roman official, set out to convert

the Irish to Christianity.


Medieval Source Book: Saint's Lives



Book: Jeffrey F. Hamburger

Nuns as Artists

The Visual Culture of a Medieval Convent

University of California Press May 1977 ISBN 0-520-20386-0


Sisters Between Gender and the Medieval Beguines  by Abby Stoner


(Site Excerpt) The Beguines of northern Europe have been called the first

women's movement in Christian history.[1] This group of religiously

dedicated laywomen, who took no permanent vows, followed no prescribed rule,

supported themselves by manual labor, interacted with the "world," and

remained celibate, flourished in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries--a

time when the Church had defined two legitimate roles for pious women:

cloistered nun and keeper at home. With their freedom of movement, economic

independence and spiritual creativity, the Beguines carved out an unusually

expansive--and controversial--niche for female religious expression.


Yamagata Univetrsity: "The Creation of a Leading Medieval Order of Nuns:

The Case of the Ritsu Sect"


A Treatise on historical Budhist Nuns




(Site Excerpt) IN the course of the 6th and 7th centuries a number of men

left England and settled abroad among the heathen Germans, partly from a

wish to gain new converts to the faith, partly because a change of affairs

at home made them long for a different field of labour. Through the influx

of the heathen Anglo-Saxons, the British Christians had been deprived of

their influence, and when Christianity was restored it was under the

auspices of princes who were favourably inclined towards Rome. Men who

objected to the Roman sway sought independence among the heathens abroad in

preference to dependence on strangers at home, and it is owing to their

efforts that Christianity was introduced into the valleys leading up from

the Rhine, into the lake districts of Bavaria, and into Switzerland.


Medieval Society: The Three Orders


(Site Excerpt) By the 11th and 12th centuries, the vast majority of European

men and women were peasants who were the land of their lords.  We know very

little about these people for the simple fact that the nobility and clergy

did not keep written records about them.  When the peasantry of Europe was

mentioned, it was usually in relation to the obligations they owed their



The Medieval church in England


(Site Excerpt) Apart from the manor, the church was the main focus of

community life. Church parishes were usually the manor villages. The parish

priest was appointed by the lord of the manor and was given a house. He was

obliged to carry money for alms with him, keep up the church, and provide

hospitality to travellers.


ABBEY: ST. TROPHIME (Arles France)


A graphics intense image page


Life in a Medieval Monastery

A Guide to Resources in Mount Angel Abbey Library


(Site Excerpt) During the fifth and sixth centuries, monasteries were

founded in Italy, Gaul, Spain, and Ireland. In Gaul, and later, England,

double monasteries were common. These were establishments of monks and nuns

who lived in separate quarters under the direction of an abbess. During this

early stage of monastic development, there was no generally accepted rule

that governed monastic life. In the West there were translations of various

Eastern codes, such as the Rules of Pachomius and Basil. Another influential

rule was St. Augustine's famous letter on the management of convents of

nuns. However, there was nothing that could be called a working code for the

management of a monastery. This changed in the eighth century with the

widespread adoption of the Rule of St. Benedict.


Netserf Medieval Architecture: Abbeys and Monasteries


A List of Links on the subject


Newspaper Archive Online


More than 25,000 articles on Monasteries


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