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Medieval Monks: A Beginner’s Guide

Can you tell your Benedictines from your Franciscans and Dominicans? This week, Danièle gives a brief overview of the the backstory of some of the major monastic traditions, and how you can tell them apart.

Some books to learn more medieval monks include:

The World of Medieval Monasticism: Its History and Forms of Life

Regular Life: Monastic, Canonical, and Mendicant Rules

The Rule of Saint Benedict

See also:

A Quick Guide to Medieval Monastic Orders

5 Surprising Rules for Medieval Monks

10 Videos about Monks and Nuns in the Middle Ages

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Top Image:  A Benedictine monk praying to Christ – from British Library Additional MS 28681  fol. 118v