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These fourteen are the only monasteries of which there is any reliable evidence of having been founded during St. Very little more can be said in favour of the supposed introduction of the Benedictine Rule into Gaul by St.
Maurus in 543, though it also has been strenuously upheld by many responsible writers.
The Benedictine Order comprises monks living under the Rule of St. The order will be considered in this article under the following sections: I. It may be divided into various provinces, according to the countries over which it is spread, each provincial head being immediately subject to the general, just as the superior of each house is subject to his own provincial.
Benedict Biscop visited Lérins later on in the seventh century he received the Benedictine habit and tonsure from the hands of Abbot Aygulph. Gregory of Tours says that at Ainay, in the sixth century, the monks "followed the rules of Basil, Cassian, Caesarius, and other fathers, taking and using whatever seemed proper to the conditions of time and place", and doubtless the same liberty was taken with the Benedictine Rule when it reached them.
Germany owed its evangelization to the English Benedictines, Sts.
Willibrord and Boniface, who preached the Faith, there in the seventh and eighth centuries and founded several celebrated abbeys. 74), but his conclusions on this point are not now generally accepted.
Benedict until more than a hundred years later, when the change was effected chiefly through the influence of Pepin the Short, the father of Charlemagne.
By the ninth century, however, the Benedictine had become the only form of monastic life throughout the whole of Western Europe, excepting Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, where the Celtic observance still prevailed for another century or two.