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Monastic rules and similar formative texts

Life in a monastery was structured through and governed by monastic rules, which set out the daily programme and the duties of each member. Most orders followed the Rule of Saint Benedict, but there were others.

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St. Augustine promulgating the monastic rule
St. Pachomius receives the monastic rule from an angel
St. Benedict promulgating the monastic rule
St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 452 : Chapter office book with the Rule of Saint …
St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 580 : Benedict of Peterborough, Miracula sancti T…
Detail from BL Burn 309, f. 7v
Monastic rules.
Decorated initial from BL Harley 2902, f. 144
Puzzle initial from BL Harley 2939, f. 21
Decorated intials from BL Harley 2902, f. 3
Engelberg, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. 72 : Benedictus s. abbas. Regula lat. germanica
St. Bernard promulgating the monastic rule
Saint Benedict. Woodcut.
St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 914 : St. Benedict's Rule
De verbis domini, part II.
St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 533 : Directorium perpetuum of the Monastery of S…