Moaning Monks

Most people moan about their work from time to time.   Even those who really love the job, or whose hobby is their job, occasionally have bad days. And medieval monks were no different.illuminated medieval manuscript

The Western Daily Press has highlighted a number of comments and complaints that monks, toiling in the Scriptorium copying ancient manuscripts, added in the margin of their work.

The language may be old, but the sentiment could be of today.   Here are a few of the best:-

“Writing is excessive drudgery. It crooks your back, it dims your sight, it twists your stomach and your sides.”

“I am very cold.”

“Thank God, it will soon be dark.”

“St Patrick of Armagh, deliver me from writing.”

This is the link to the Western Daily Press article where you can read the whole story.



Published in: on January 17, 2015 at 10:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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