Keys to the Past

Glossary

Benedictine

A person who follows the Rules of St. Benedict for monks. These rules governed how a monastery was to operate. Benedictines individually and as monasteries often gained immense wealth and high positions. This was a result of being based in towns, such as Durham. The Cistercian and Premonstratensian groups were set up as a reaction to the wealth of the Benedictine and Cluniac orders.

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