Contents

CELTIC MONKS
''THE SECRET OF THE SEVEN CROSSES'

Worksheet 1

TIMELINE


Medieval

Century
13 AD

Celtic Monasteries

Read & Write


1 How big was Rory's and Malachy's house?




2. (Chapter 2) What was the name of the place where the monks copied the books?



3 (Chapter 2) What building was next to the Scriptorium?



4 (Chapter 2) What did the guest house look like?


5 (Chapter 4)  Why did the monks grow herbs?


Fact File

In Celtic monasteries the monks did not live in big buildings, but were usually housed in small cells, houses or cabins - either one or two monks to a cell. The kitchen would have been a separate building and so would the church, the abbot's house, the school, the hospital and the guest house.
There would also have been workshops for preparing vellum and inks, a forge to make metal objects, and a garden for herbs.

Draw...!

Draw a picture of a Celtic monastery.

Explore...!

Try to visit a Celtic monastery. These are just a few:
Clonmacnoise near Athlone,
Kells  in Meath,
Gougane Barra in Cork
Glendalough in Country Wicklow
Skellig's Rock  in Co. Kerry.

Imagine......!


Imagine the day in the life of a Celtic monk. Write a description of what he did from the moment he got up to the time that he went to bed. He might be a gardener, or a copyist or a maker of vellum.

Imagine that you want to tell another monk how to build a Celtic monastery. Write a letter telling how to do it.