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Medieval monks: a day in the life

Danièle Cybulskie takes a closer look at the medieval monastic lifestyle and explores whether it can offer any lessons for today

Published: August 4, 2022 at 12:11 pm
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Danièle Cybulskie charts a day in the life of a medieval monk, from morning rituals and mealtime misbehaviour to daily chores and worldly reflection. Speaking with Emily Briffett, she explores what such an austere and structured lifestyle might be able to teach us today – and how monastic priorities about health and wellbeing weren’t too different from our own.


Danièle Cybulskie is the author of How to Live Like a Monk: Medieval Wisdom for Modern Life (Abbeville Press, 2021)


Emily BriffettPodcast editorial assistant

Emily is HistoryExtra’s podcast editorial assistant. Before joining the BBC History team in 2021, Emily graduated with an MA in Public History from Royal Holloway, University of London


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