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April 15th, 2015

CornerView – once upon a time

by Li+Belle

Once upon a time … a long, long time ago…

History is wonderful and maniacal.
I like to visit historical sites,
ancient castles,
gardens,
museums
and somehow sacred places.
Because here I can experience history.
I imagine how has been that life.

The Abbey Fontenay was built in the 11th century.
In the 13th century there lived hundreds of monks.

I don’t want to be a monk, I admit honestly.
But I wonder how many different fates are behind every man who has gone along this path before me.
What happened that he became a monk?
Was he a monk who was able to live with himself?
Or was he one of the terrible monks as from the book “The Name of the Rose” by Umberto Eco?
Were the monks sent by their parents because they were poor?
Or because too many children in one family could not go to school?
And how was life when he has to renounce everything, and maybe never wanted?
It never did voluntarily?
If he knew he has to give up the great love that he has something to eat?
Or he pondering over something never?
Took he his life as it came from? Without self-determination?

I can’t imagine to live such a life.
But it worked, I think.
It had to work.
Whether you liked it or not.

Once upon a time … a long, long time ago … and yet not so far away.

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 – once upon a time –
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11 Comments to “CornerView – once upon a time”

  1. Breathtaking, I never really thought in depth the life a monk must live until this post.

  2. I’ve visited it!! i believe the life of a monk back then was fairly easy, and a good opportunity even, compared to the life of a commoner.

  3. wow, incredible!!!
    what a great pictures, you took me with you in your story!

  4. wunderschön!
    herzliche Grüße aus dem überfüllten Paris!

  5. Gorgeous photographs and such thought-provoking reflections on the motivations and experiences of those who lived and died in monasteries like this one

  6. beautiful, beautiful images… where is this? n♥

  7. Beautiful photos and reflections!! Makes me think of what it means to be a monk today in our world… I think there is a way to be like a monk in our hearts, to make them pure for a love of God, and perhaps that is what the beautiful light and spaces of your photos make me think of…especially the one of you (?) facing the lighted window is very beautiful , the presence of one person in the unpeopled spaces is very powerful and …I like the word lately…prophetic!

  8. This series of pictures is very beautiful and peaceful too. This is perfect for meditation and reflect on the past. Have you read “The pillars of the earth” and “World without end” by Ken Follett? Stories of monks, abbeys, cathedrals, murder, etc … I loved these books.

  9. Great pictures! Love the green tint! Beautiful!

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