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The strictly ascetic and contemplative Carthusian order traces its origins to Bruno the Carthusian, who in 1084 joined with six like-minded companions to establish a monastic community of hermits at Cartusia (La Chartreuse), in the mountains near Grenoble. An order came into being in 1127, when Guigo I, the fifth prior of La Chartreuse, composed a customary ( Consuetudines monasticae ) for the handful of Carthusian communities. The customary, which called for a harmonious blend of eremitic and cenobitic life, was approved by Pope Innocent …

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Hogg, James, “Carthusians”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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