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By Sherri Olson

A research of lifestyles within medieval monasteries that explores monastic spirituality, day-by-day exercises, touch with the surface international, and the historic effect of those foundational associations at the Western world.

• Surveys the heritage of the monastery, describing its origins, goal, geographic unfold, and impression at the better society

• presents a glimpse of the wealthy and sometimes idiosyncratic facts that survives for medieval monasteries

• Emphasizes the pervasiveness of monasticism in medieval Europe, the flexibility of the monastic culture, and its awesome survival

• Brings to lifestyles the internal adventure of a regular monk or nun, permitting readers to appreciate what attracts a few contributors to the monastic life

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We have his own and his biographer’s account of the “ambush” that made Augustine the new assistant bishop of the diocese of Hippo Regius (modern Bône, Algeria): already a well-known Christian writer, he was attending church in the town of Hippo where he was looking for a place to establish a monastery. During the service, when the bishop who was officiating that day announced to the congregation that he was on the lookout for an assistant priest, the people standing around Augustine shouted out his name and pushed him forward.

27. Julian Haseldine, “The Monastic Cult of Friendship,” in The Culture of Medieval English Monasticism, ed. James G. Clark (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2007), pp. 177–202; quotation at p. 201. 28. D. L. D’Avray, The Preaching of the Friars: Sermons Diffused from Paris before 1300 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985), pp. 3–4. 29. Brooke, The Age of the Cloister, p. 45. 30. Brian Patrick McGuire, Friendship and Community: The Monastic Experience, 350–1250 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010), p. lxxi. 1 BENEDICTINE BEGINNINGS Monasteries were one of the great “success stories” of the late ancient world.

177–202; quotation at p. 201. 28. D. L. D’Avray, The Preaching of the Friars: Sermons Diffused from Paris before 1300 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985), pp. 3–4. 29. Brooke, The Age of the Cloister, p. 45. 30. Brian Patrick McGuire, Friendship and Community: The Monastic Experience, 350–1250 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010), p. lxxi. 1 BENEDICTINE BEGINNINGS Monasteries were one of the great “success stories” of the late ancient world. They were flexible, adaptable, and hardy, and the times favored independent and self-sufficient institutions.

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