Re: A "third penny"
- From: Larry Swain <theswain@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2006 08:23:25 -0500
William Black wrote:
"Derek Lockman" <turbeville29162@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in messageDepends on the period and region.
There were plenty of land grants in charters and such, but when a Lord,
and particularly a Lady retired to the monastery to live out their days,
they did so expecting to live in the luxury to which they had become
accustomed in secular life. To do so means money, and since the
monastery could only produce so much capital, we know that a large
number of retiring nobles (women in particular) brought substantial
amounts of cash and other precious gifts with them.
Did lords retire to a monastary?
It was considered proper that at the end of their lives the gentry and
aristocracy of both sexes would retire into a monastic institution.
If you read 'Mort d'Arthur' you'll see that both Lancelot and Guenivire do
this as it is the idealised end of a medieval life.
How many of the upper classes did this I just don't know...
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