Monastic Life in the Great Abbeys
After the 8th century, with the wide diffusion of the Rule of St. Benedict, a group of principles was developing in regard to the structure of monastic life. From the 10th to the 13th centuries there was a veritable boom in monasticism. But what do we know about the daily life of these monks, of the internal functions and structure of the monasteries, of the hierarchy that governs them, of their prayers and chants? Gathering thousands of facts from the chronicles of the time, the writings of monastery founders and the lives of saints, Dom Anselme Davril and Eric Palazzo answer many of our questions with this thorough analysis.
Eric Palazzo : Eric Palazzo teaches art history at the University of Poitiers.