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Why were monasteries important?


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October 22, 2010 2:20PM

Monasteries during the Middle Ages (Dark Ages) provided repositories for the documents and artifacts from Roman and Greek civilization, as well as those of a religious nature. Many texts were copied by hand, or preserved as scrolls, or bound into volumes.

In feudal times, monks and other orders provided educational services (notably to the children of rulers), and cared for travelers and the sick.