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Clergy of the Middle Ages!

By: Jessica Buss!
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on 23 February 2013

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Transcript of Clergy of the Middle Ages!

In the Middle Ages, there was a definite structure in society! After the rank of King: Clergy
Ranks: The clergy were the religious people of the Middle Ages.
Following the pope, (in order of rank) there were bishops, priests, monks and nuns.

The pope, as head of the church, had much influence over the king and total control of the clergy. The Roman Catholic Church was the single largest unifying organization in medieval Europe.
It touched everyone’s life, no matter what their rank or class or where they lived. TAXES! The Clergy Clergy
Clothing: Bishop: Wore hats called miters (those tall pointy hats). They wore beautiful religious garments that often were jeweled.

Priests: Long black robes, nothing fancy. Clergy Clothing
Continued: Monks:
in movies! By: Jessica Buss The Clergy
of the
Middle Ages! You were born into a class of people and generally stayed in that class for your entire life.
Working hard did not change your status. Your clothing, food, marriage, and homes, were determined for you! Next was the hierarchy, then the nobles,
the knights, the clergy (religious people), the tradesmen and the peasants. Bishops were accepted in court and generally lived with the same luxuries as the nobles in the Middle Ages.
Priests were not rich like the bishops. They were generally the head of a church.
Monks were often scholarly and could read and write in Latin.
Nuns were very holy and lived in a convent. In the middle ages, people were heavily taxed to support the church.
In return for their tax money, they received the “way to everlasting life” and happiness... after leading lives that were often short and hard. Monks: Floor length brown gown tied with a rope around the waist. They were clean-shaven, but often shaved a bald spot on the top of their head called a “tonsure” as a symbol of humility.

Nuns: Wore long gowns (black, grey or white).Over the gown was a scapular, (a long piece of cloth with an opening for the head) it trailed down the front and back of the gown. Generally their heads were shaved and covered by a cloth covering called a wimple. Monks from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" Medieval "Helpdesk" (in English)
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