Observations on the Practical Talents and Technology of the Medieval Benedictines

  • Kenneth J. Conant
Part of the Readings in European History book series (SEURH)


In medieval history we learn a great deal about the Rule, the Customs of the monks and their devotion. It is far less easy to find evidence of the more human aspects of life within the communities, where warm personalities and the special capabilities of individuals enriched the monastic existence. The fact that Benedictinism created a veritable commonwealth of peace always made an appeal to choice spirits of every sort, and the development of their talents often had broad consequences for good because the Benedictine world extended everywhere in western Europe.


Twelfth Century Eleventh Century Symbolic Number Book Hand Medieval History 
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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1971

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