Illustrated Rule of St Benedict


This decorative letter opens the Prologue to the Rule of St Benedict, a very influential book of instructions, which set the times of communal prayer and dietary regulations for the Benedictine Order. This is an example of spiritual guidance provided for monks about how they should live when they have chosen to dedicate their lives completely to the Church.

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Illustrated Rule of St Benedict
4th quarter of the 10th century, Canterbury
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Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

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British Library
Harley MS 5431

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