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Benedictine monkslocked

  • James W. McKinnon


The ‘Black Monks’, known since the 14th century as the Order of St Benedict (OSB). The order consists of a large number of monastic communities and federations which follow the Rule of St Benedict (see Benedict of Nursia), but it is to be distinguished from monastic bodies such as the Cistercians which, while retaining the Rule, broke away from the mainstream of Benedictinism to form autonomous orders....

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F.Ll. Harrison: Music in Medieval Britain (London, 1958, 4/1980)