Benedict of Nursia (c.480–c.547)
Published Online: 25 NOV 2011
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The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization
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Matus, Z. A. 2011. Benedict of Nursia (c.480–c.547). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .
- Published Online: 25 NOV 2011
St. Benedict, author of a monastic rule, founder of the religious houses of Subiaco and Monte Cassino, and brother of St. Scholastica (c.480–c.543), was a pivotal figure in the development of monasticism in Western Europe. Details of Benedict's life are scarce, however, and survive only as a hagiographical account in Pope Gregory the Great's (590–604) Dialogues. Gregory did not know Benedict and makes his report on the basis of information gathered from Benedict's disciples.
- benedict of nursia (c.480–c.547);
- benedict, and monastic communities, Monte Cassino;
- rule, expecting monks to work, and prayer;
- Augustine of canterbury's mission, to Britain;
- Charlemagne's legacy of reforming, ecclesial life