Posted by: Richenda at Tuesday August 10, 2010 in


I come here by chance. And I was surprised by the great photos here. It’s a very nice work of your website. I enjoy it very much. Thanks.


You’re welcome Dongchao! Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by: Richenda at Sunday July 11, 2010 in

Hello Richenda!
Regarding Manuscript Hoard

Loved reading about Hildegard and seeing the manuscripts, and wanted to point out that she was a gifted composer as well. Her music is beautiful, innovative and haunting.

Happy Day,


Hi Victoria!
Yes, I did know that and I should have mentioned it. Thank you for this good reminder!


Posted by: Richenda at Thursday July 1, 2010 in


Would one have called a priest in 12th century France FATHER David or BROTHER David if he was one of the early mendicant priests who lived with the people in their village, not in a monastery?
Heather Davids

Hi Heather!
I don’t know. Unfortunately, I have not looked into the French records. It’s hard enough to find English ones! I feel your frustration, though, in trying to figure this out. It can feel frustrating to try to find these little points of life detail. Try looking at academic works that cover the Scholastic Period to see what translations are available. In reading the translations, especially of letters, you will hopefully be able to gain information from how the letters are signed and addressed. Good luck in your search.

Posted by: Richenda at Friday June 18, 2010 in

Hi Richenda,

Thanks for the Order for the Enclosing of Anchorites referenced in ‘English Mediaeval Parish Church’ by G H Cook. Chapter One – The parish church of the Middle Ages – is absolutely fascinating. Now wanting to find out about St Wite. Cook writes,‘Very few parish churches were fortunate enough to possess a complete shrine. Unique in this respect is Whitechurch Canonicorum in Dorset, where the shrine containing the bones of S. Wite is built into the end wall of the north transept.’ And how about this..‘It is a stone structure dating from the thirteenth century and consists of a base pierced with three oval apertures into which lame pilgrims could thrust an affected limb. – a mediaeval game of TWISTER, perhaps? – Buried in the masonry above is the coffin enclosing the remains of the saint, covered with a Purbeck marble slab.’ To this Clay adds a note… The only other mediaeval shrine in this country that contains the bones of a saint is that of S. Edward Confessor in Westminster Abbey.

I’m in the UK, by the way, and we hope to be holidaying in Dorset, a beautiful county on the S Coast in a few weeks time so might go looking for Whitechurch C. a couple of miles from Lyme Regis of French Lieutenants fame.

Heard your plaintiff cry for comment so again many thanks for the link and I’ll dip in again sometime.



Thank you Keith!
I hope you found your way on holiday and your game of ‘twister’ went well. :-)

Posted by: Richenda at Monday May 10, 2010 in

Hello Anna *

Just found your site after following a link from David Mortons’, and am delighted to have found such a wealth of information on monastic life and customs of the Medieval period. I’ve always had a deep interest in spiritual life (both communal and solitary) and feel a strong affinity with that period and those long-ago traditions.

I look forward to reading your books and exploring the website. Thank you for such a rich and fascinating resource!

Stephanie O

Hi Stephanie!
Glad to hear you share my interest in this stuff! Explore away.

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