Meet the Middle Ages


The nuns of the mendicant orders

The nuns of the mendicant orders

Both the Dominicans and Franciscans had nunneries. The nunneries were more secluded than the friaries. (If you want to read more about life in the monasteries, read the texts about Monasteries and Nunneries and mendicant orders.)

During the Middle Ages, there was a Dominican nunnery in Kalmar. Daily Mass was said by a friar from the friary, or by a priest from town.

The nuns of the Franciscans were called Clarissines, after St. Clara, who was one of the followers of St. Francis. There was a Franciscan nunnery in Stockholm.