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I. Benedictine monasticism regards Benedict of Nursia as its founder and spiritual father. However, he did not want to found an order, but rather, like numerous literates in the Early Church, to live in solitude as a monk. Since, however, people with a similar objective gathered around him, he gave them a rule.

II. The dissemination of the Regula Benedicti (RB, Benedict, Rule of Saint) and of Benedictine life did not take place in a linear progression. In the 7th/8th century, various rules determined monastic life (the era of mixed rules). Iro…

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Gahbauer, Ferdinand R., “Benedictines”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 December 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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