The Latin culture of the early Middle Ages

  • David Herlihy
Part of the Documentary History of Western Civilization book series (DHWC)


The best introduction to the practice and spirit of medieval monasticism remains the Rule of St. Benedict, which was written probably around the year 540. In most of the rule, Benedict deals with practical matters concerning the organization of the monastery, authority of the abbot, responsibilities of the brothers, and routines of daily living. In Chapters 4 through 7, however, he speaks of the virtues to be cultivated by the monks, and especially stresses the achievement of humility. Throughout the Middle Ages and, of course, even in the present, these words have taught monks the purpose of their calling.


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