A-Z: General definitions: Canons Regular


This movement emerged in the mid-11C as part of an attempt to encourage secular clergy to move closer to a monastic way of life in imitation of that attributed to the Apostles (the vita apostolica). Vital in this process was the rediscovery of the Rule of St Augustine. Groups which followed this Rule included the Augustinian Canons (Black Canons), the Prémonstratensians (White Canons) and the Gilbertines.

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