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Lay-brother (conversus)

Doodle of a lay-brother in a thirteenth-century Beaulieu manuscript
Doodle of a lay-brother in a 13th century Beaulieu manuscript

A professed member of the community, distinct from the choir-monks, who was chiefly engaged with the abbey’s agricultural and industrial work.

You can find out more about what it was like to be a laybrother by playing our day in the life of a laybrother game. You can also read more about the lay-brothers.