Abstract

The reproduction of manuscript books in the Middle Ages by monks is related to the original goal of the monastic way of life, which is to live a life of prayer. Thus, the history of books and libraries in monasteries can be traced backward from the Rule of Benedict to the beginning of Christian monasticism in the desert of Egypt. This article examines several ancient documents to show how the first monks considered reading books—and assembling libraries—necessary for a specific form of prayer.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2166-3033
Print ISSN
2164-8034
Pages
pp. 320-332
Launched on MUSE
2010-08-19
Open Access
No
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