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What is tonsure? Medieval Christianity and hair

By |2018-04-02T21:46:22-07:00August 23rd, 2017|History|

Young tonsured monks at school Tonsure means to cut off someone's hair. Monks and nuns in the Middle Ages generally showed that they were monks by cutting their hair short (when most people wore theirs long).  Christian monks got a special short haircut by shaving a bald spot in the middle of the back of [...]

Francis of Assisi – Medieval Europe

By |2018-10-02T06:59:07-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|

Francis of Assisi gives his father back his clothes (Giotto, in Assisi) Who was Francis of Assisi? By 1200 AD, the Catholic Church was very powerful. Bishops and popes were often rich men. They cared more about getting rich collecting tithes than they did about praying or helping poor people. What is a bishop? What is the pope? History of [...]

Christian monks – Medieval Europe – What is a monk?

By |2018-11-13T13:57:07-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|

Christian monks: A monk shaving another  monk What is a monk? Sometimes when a little boy seemed especially smart, his parents would take him to a monastery and leave him there to be taken care of by the monks and educated, and when he grew up he would become a monk. One example [...]