Stories & Legends

donate Books CDs HOME updates search contact

The Harmonious Relations between
Nobles and Monks

Hugh O’Reilly

The constant solicitude of knights and lords toward the monasteries was manifested by the meticulous and familiar attentions they so abundantly proffered. Reports of such treatment animate and embellish the monastic chronicles.

H024_NoblesMonks.jpg - 52994 Bytes

Nobles showed great solicitude for the monks, often giving provisions and sharing their table
The greatest personages of Feudalism did not consider it below their dignity to take every small precaution to favor the monks. It was not enough for William VIII, Duke of Aquitaine and Count of Poitiers, to found the Abbey of Montierneuf in his capital of Poitiers and provide it a rich dowry upon his return from Rome to confer with Pope Gregory VII.

Returning from numerous expeditions where he had pacified rebellious feudal lords, punished oppressors, and re-established safety on the roads and countryside, this great warrior would never fail to visit the monks, whom he called his lords, before returning to his palace. He would even enter into the kitchen to ask the cook what the monks would eat that day. If he learned there were no eggs, cheese or fish, he would immediately order his treasurer to provide the necessary money for a more abundant table.

After the death of William (1086), the monks had the most tender solicitude for his soul. In addition to the daily prayers for his eternal rest and solemn celebration of his birthday, every day his plate was placed on the refectory table with his juste, that is, the portion of wine assigned to each religious, as if the Duke were one of them and would come to take his place at their side.


Blason de Charlemagne
Follow us

Based upon and translated from
Charles de Montalembert, Les Moines d’Occident
Paris: Lecoffre, 1860, Volume VI, p. 28

Posted August 15, 2008

H000_chanticleer.jpg - 26098 Bytes

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes

Related Topics of Interest

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes   A Speech by Charlemagne to His Nobles

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes   The Militancy of St. Anthony of Padua

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes   Chantecler and the Fox

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes   Refuting Lies about the Middle Ages

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes   Feudalism & the Modern State - the Role of Monasteries

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes   The Tumbler of Our Lady

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes   Theophilus: The Man Who Sold His Soul to the Devil

burbtn.gif - 43 Bytes

Civility_1.gif - 8435 Bytes

Legends  |  Religious  |  Home  |  Books  |  CDs  |  Search  |  Contact Us  |  Donate

Tradition in Action
© 2002-   Tradition in Action, Inc.    All Rights Reserved