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The English Benedictine Cathedral PrioriesRule and Practice, c. 1270-1420$
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Joan Greatrex

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250738

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250738.001.0001

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The closing years: illness, age, infirmity, and death

The closing years: illness, age, infirmity, and death

(p.289) VI The closing years: illness, age, infirmity, and death
The English Benedictine Cathedral Priories

Joan Greatrex

Oxford University Press

During their monastic life most monks were treated in the infirmary for a variety of illnesses, details of which are sometimes recorded. Elderly monks were often found holding obedientiary office, although those who were frail retired and were given a permanent place in the infirmary. Conditions in the cathedral priory infirmaries are investigated in this chapter and the competence of the monk infirmarer assessed; doctors in attendance seem frequently to have been lacking. In their final hours, when these occurred in the monastery, the last rites were performed for the dying monks by their brethren. The requiem mass and interment followed, and monk priests were assigned to say masses for the deceased.

Keywords:   infirmarer, doctor, last rites, requiem, interment

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