Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Rivaulx Abbey

At one time, 650 monks lived in the Abbey. They were to be totally self-sufficient, growing their own food and making their own clothes. They raised sheep for their wool. Most of them wore just white, but the abbots wore dyed black wool.
Bloodletting was a common practice, taking place 4 times a year for restorative reasons and to quench sexual desires. Anything it takes!

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