FC: Edmund The Boy who Saved the Monastery | by: Savannah Saugier
1: Edmund The Boy who Saved the Monastery | Savannah Saugier Dedicated to: Ms.Torpey, my 7th grade Social Studies teacher
2: About the Author | Savannah is thirteen and in seventh grade. She lives in Macungie P.A. with her parents and younger brother. When she started researching medieval churches, she had an idea of a story about a boy who is sent to the monastery and saves its' sacred texts. The story you are about to read tells you how he did it. Enjoy!
3: A wiseman once said not to be afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them. This is the story of a great person. Its' hard to say whether our hero was born that way or just placed at the right place at the right time and decided to do the right thing. I suppose you can be the judge of that. Oh, and one more thing our hero isn't a king, just an ordinary boy.
4: Edmund and his younger sister, Edith, had been born to wealthy parents.Because his parents wanted their children to be educated, he and his sister were sent to the monastery and the convent,where nuns lived,as oblates. Edmund and Edith rarely saw each other, but still kept one another in mind and prayed for each other. But one time Edmund had an important decision to make. This is that story.
5: One day, after Edmund was in class, the teacher introduced a new boy to the class. His name was Henry and he came from a wealthy family,even more wealthy than Edmunds'. His friend,Tom, leaned over and whispered, '' I don't like the looks of this boy. He could be trouble.'' '' I don't know, let's try to be nice first.'' Edmund whispered back. Tom agreed to try that. ''But it won't be easy.'' he added.
6: After evening service, Edmund and Tom introduced themselves to Henry on the way to the refectory for supper. He gave them an icy glare when he spoke to them. They pretended not to notice as they got their food,which was only soup. They invited him to sit with them. He did so without any sign of enthusiasm. Tom tried to start conversation,but didn't get too much talk. It was harder than they thought to talk to this boy.
7: When supper was over, they went to the final service of the day, then went to bed. On the way to the doritory,Edmund happened to walk into the library, where the sacred texts were kept. Suddenly, he heard footsteps. '' Someone's coming!'' he thought and hid behind a bookcase. He saw a shadow on the floor stretch as a figure walked across the room. He looked around the bookcase to see,to his surprise, Henry cutting the chains that held the books in the shelves and stashing them in a sack on the floor!
8: The next morning after first service,Edmund wanted to tell the bishop about the book theft,but he felt nervous and scared. A saying his mother had said flashed across his mind. '' You never need to be afraid to do what's right.'' it said. Edmund decided to wait until next service to tell the bishop. So he went back to bed with the other monks since it was three in the morning.
9: At breakfast, Edmund wondered if he should tell Tom about what he saw last night. He decided against it. Tom was very energetic that day. He told Edmund about how much fun they would have in the garden. Edmund was just finishing his last slice of bread when they were called out to the garden.
10: After midday service,Edmund felt an urge in his soul to tell of the robberies in the library. After school before evening service, one of the monks, Father Johnathon, told him of an invitation to dine with the bishop because of his astounding progress in school. Henry was also to be there.
11: Edmund was on time for dinner. Henry however, was late but, Bishop Andrew did not even question him about his tardiness. Dinner was really good,tomato soup,bread and sweet cider. Spying a sack stashed under a chair, Edmund knew this was the right moment to tell of the robbery.
12: ' Remember Edmund, you never need to be afraid to do what's right.' his mothers' saying crossed his mind. " Great Bishop," he said as he rose to leave. "There's something I have to tell you. Someone has stolen some of our sacred texts!" The bishop looked surprised. " What! Steal sacred texts! Well,who would dare?!" " Its' Henry!" Edmund replied, angrily. Henry stepped back,surprised. " Is this true? " the bishop asked. '' I don't know what he's talking about. He's crazy!" Henry said back. Edmund pulled the sack out from under the chair and from it, fell the books Henry had lifted from their shelves. " It is true!" he exclaimed. The bishop glared at Henry.
13: Henry was called before the pope. After being questioned about the robbery, the pope announced, " You are excommunicated from the Church! " Henry was never seen in the monastery again after that. As for Edmund, the bishop praised him for having courage to do the right thing. Edmund continued his religious studies and grew into a notable monk. He even became a priest. In his later years,he became bishop and two years later, he was chosen to be pope. From then until he died, Edmund was a magnificent church leader. Children were told of a monk boy who had the courage to do the right thing.
14: Works Cited | Levy, Patricia. Cathedrals and the Church. London: Franklin Watts, 1996. Print. | Many. S.S. Book. New Jersey: Pearson Education, 2005. Print. | Macdonald, Fiona. A Medieval Cathedral. Broadway, New York: Peter Bedrick, 1991. Print.