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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 community of professed novices and junior monks

The community of professed novices and junior monks

(p.89) III The community of professed novices and junior monks
The English Benedictine Cathedral Priories

Joan Greatrex

Oxford University Press

After profession, the novice continued his studies either in the cloister or, in the case of a few, at university. Only the most intellectually promising were sent to Oxford or Cambridge and most of these were not permitted to remain long enough to obtain a degree. Those who remained behind were able to benefit from the extensive book collections in the cathedral libraries in continuing their studies. All the novices were also being prepared to receive the three major orders, those of subdeacon, deacon and priest. Only after priestly ordination did the monks begin to play an active and responsible role in the affairs of the monastery.

Keywords:   novice, juniors, university, monastic library, ordination

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