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a reforming branch of Benedictine monasticism (Benedictines), initially eremitic, late cenobitic (Cenobites; see also Monasticism: III, 3.e). Their habit was originally gray; today it is black. The Vallombrosans go back to John Gualberto (died 1073), who founded a monastery between c. 1037 and 1039 in Acquabella (later Vallombrosa), near Florence, followed by additional monasteries in Tuscany, other parts of Italy, and France. The Vallombrosans had received papal approbation sever…

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Merz, Birgit, “Vallombrosans”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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