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The infirmary


Remains of the infirmary at Roche abbey
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Remains of the infirmary at Roche abbey

The infirmary complex essentially functioned as a monastery in miniature. It relied on the abbey for provisions, service books and even bedding, but once these had been received it could operate independently. The infirmary was set apart from the heart of the monastery, usually to the east of the claustral range, but was often connected to the main claustral area by passages. In a similar way, although the inmates here were physically removed from the rest of the community and were granted concessions from the monastic life, they were nonetheless expected to follow the daily routine of conventual life as much as they were able and to observe the rules of the Order; regardless of any infirmity every monk was subject to correction.(2)

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