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Cluny, Order of
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1. The Benedictine monastery of Cluny, northwest of Mâcon in Burgundy, was founded in 910 by Duke William III of Aquitaine. In the 10th and 11th centuries it became the center of a reforming movement that began as a return to the original goals of monasticism (i.e., renunciation of the world in anticipation of the life of paradise in adoration and praise). In the course of time, it radically changed the Christian world in the West.

2. The basis of the reform was the demand for a stricter following of the Benedictine Rule in the tradition of Benedict of Aniane (d. 821). This demand was made i…

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Bienert, Wolfgang A., “Cluny, Order of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 21 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C982>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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