The colourful lives of monks in the Middle Ages: Benedictine religious men had sex, died in duels and even went off to war, study reveals



Benedictine monks of the Middle Ages - far from living a cloistered existence - refused abstinence, died in duels and even went off to war, reveals new research.
The study found examples of monks teaching works of Catholic controversy in the schools they ran, and illicit Benedictine publications being held within the personal collection of Catherine Braganza, the wife of King Charles II.
Records also show that some exiled Benedictine monks fought in the English Civil War and French Revolution, and evidence of English Government spies secretly joining the Order.
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31 August 2017 in Science &Technology, Views: 63
Source: Daily Mail
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