What was the function of medieval monasteries?
1) Preaching: Monks and nuns moved from one place to another to spread the words of Christianity among the people.
2) Charity: Monasteries served the sick and arranged food for the hungry people. The monasteries served as inns for the travellers. They could halt at these monasteries and then continue their journey.
3) Learning centres: Monasteries provided education to the community children and those who wanted to become monks.
(i) Most monks and nuns were educated and learned, so they spent their time copying books and masterpieces like the works of Cicero and Virgil.
(ii) Monks were also the chroniclers; they noted down all important events of their times.
(iii) Monasteries served as important centres of art. Monks and nuns served God as His creative artists. One brilliant example is Abbess Hildegard who developed the practice of community singing in churches.