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This, and its companion portrait of Abbot Biagio Milanesi, are among the few
examples of individual portraiture from late medieval or Renaissance
monasticism. Strikingly personal, this picture is nevertheless timeless - the face
might be that of ...
The individual was formed not so much by the observance and customs of the
monastery as by the founder or abbot who ... himself tended to be lost behind the
spiritual father who filled for the individual the position of superior and director.
Thus the English congregation, hitherto based on the model of Sta Giustina,
secured a change to the older style of things, and within the Benedictine body
several individual houses transferred themselves from a congregational to an ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - antiquary - LibraryThing
This was very interesting in showing how severely monastcism had declined in the 18th-19th centuries in Europe and how strikingly it had recovered in the 20th century until the new decline following the 1960s. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ddonahue - LibraryThing
Described by Norman Cantor as "the outstanding accomplishment in medieval studies by a Catholic in this century. It is also one of the enduring works of historical literature in the English language, placing Knowles in the pantheon with Gibbon, Macaulay, and Maitland." Read full review