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Benedict, Rule of Saint
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(Regula Benedicti, RB) is a Latin monastic rule that is currently observed by approx. 35,000 women and men worldwide (Benedictines). Its beginnings were humble: abbot Benedict of Nursia (died c. 550) composed a rule for his monastery of Monte Cassino in which he reworked and shortened his model, the (anonymous) Master Rule (Regula Magistri, RM), by two-thirds. Initially, the Germanic veneration of Rome contributed to its diffusion (earliest evidence in southern Gaul around 625), later also the Carolingian reform that subordinated all monks to the RB (Benedict of An…

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Pfeifer, Michaela, “Benedict, Rule of Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_01757>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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