chapter  6
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SOl\IE ASPECTS OF MONASTIC LIFE

A KNOWLEDGE of the characteristic features of Monastic Life in the centuries immediately preceding the era of the Reformation is of especial value, not because they were in themselves particularly interesting, but because they led up to that era. The subject, however, is so vast that we can only hope to touch upon one or two aspects of it, and we shall therefore confine ourselves to those which bear most directly upon the mode of life of the religious orders.