A-Z: General definitions: Benedictine


In the medieval West the most influential guide for those following the monastic life was the Rule of St Benedict (c. 480-550), drawn up for his monks at Monte Cassino and pomoted in England by St Wilfrid (d. 709). Benedictines (Black Monks) led a highly-disciplined life of prayer (the opus dei or work of God), study and manual work.

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