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During the high middle ages, monasteries were considered religious centers, as well as

A. Economic centers

B. Industrial centers

C. Learning centers

D. Political centers

A

Answer: C. Learning centers

Due to the widespread power of religion, and especially Christianity, monasticism thrived in medieval Europe. The monasteries of the middle ages were very rich and powerful institutions gathering wealth from land and property donated to them. Monasteries were also important centers for learning which educated the young, and, perhaps significantly for today’s historians, laboriously produced books and preserved ancient texts which have greatly enhanced our knowledge of not only the medieval world but also classical antiquity. With monks not being able to leave the monastery, their day was spent on agricultural tasks and religious studies which included reading set texts, copying books to create new illuminated manuscripts, teaching oblates(young males) or novices(trainee monks), and saying prayers(which was officially classified as ‘work’ or rather ‘God’s work’).

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