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The English Benedictine Cathedral PrioriesRule and Practice, c. 1270-1420$
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Joan Greatrex

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250738

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250738.001.0001

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The early years of monastic life

The early years of monastic life

(p.50) II The early years of monastic life
The English Benedictine Cathedral Priories

Joan Greatrex

Oxford University Press

This chapter follows the would-be monk from the day of his arrival at the monastery, seeking admission, to his profession, which usually took place at the end of the first year. It describes his tonsuring and clothing in the habit and the period of probation during which he listened to regular readings of the Benedictine Rule and received instruction in the customs and daily routine of the house. He was expected to memorize the Rule and psalter and to begin his studies, academic as well as spiritual, under a monk master.

Keywords:   probation, profession, novice, Rule, psalter

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