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posted 02-03-2006 01:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve-O-Gerst   Click Here to Email Steve-O-Gerst     Edit/Delete Message
I was reading The Canterbury Tales, and one of the stories has a lady who seems to believe that monks went about having sex with all the ladies.

I know they supposedly took a vow of chastity, but how strictly did they follow this vow?

I guess some would say that us men are all animals, and all the same. Perhaps they're right. I know that whenever I've gotten together with a bunch of men, the usual topic of discussion does tend towards getting in bed with ladies, so...

posted 02-03-2006 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maria   Click Here to Email Maria     Edit/Delete Message
Consider the fact that not all monks chosed the monastery because it was their vocation. Some did it because it was just another career choice.

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posted 02-03-2006 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Merlin   Click Here to Email Merlin     Edit/Delete Message
...or because they were forced to. More than one king of France from the merovingian dynasty was forced to give up the throne and spend the rest of his days in a monastery. Some of them even managed to find a way back to their former position.

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posted 02-03-2006 04:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for deborahknowles   Click Here to Email deborahknowles     Edit/Delete Message
I hope you're enjoying the Canterbury Tales, Steve. I think Chaucer's fab! As to the monks, Chaucer liked to paint a picture of the very best and the very worst in society. Look at the parson, the knight and squire and compare them with the miller, the pardoner and the monk. It (in the monk's case) was a bit like a caricature. Enjoy!


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posted 02-05-2006 12:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve-O-Gerst   Click Here to Email Steve-O-Gerst     Edit/Delete Message
Yes, Chaucer's quite entertaining. I was tickled pink with the story about the monks, and the one with the alchemist was quite interesting as well...

Still, there has to be a little truth to get a story going, and like Maria & Merlin said, sometimes the monastic order was not a personal choice, so there might have been some bad eggs. I'm just wondering whether it was widespread or not.

posted 02-06-2006 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SwordOfErin   Click Here to Email SwordOfErin     Edit/Delete Message
The Decamaron and the Canterbury Tales were both banned for their sexual content at various times throughout history. Both inovled monks not quite faithful to their vows.
Some noblewomen would be sent to abbys if their family could not afford to give them a dowry. Many of these women weren't truly interested in a life of prayer, and some ran off. Those who stayed were not necessarily celibate.

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