The Gateway to the Middle Ages
Portrays monasticism as it developed under Columban, Benedict, and Gregory the Great
In an era when the sounds of monasticism's interior life speak to a new generation, Eleanor Shipley Duckett offers an illuminated description of its development under such figures as Columban, "the saint afire with Irish enthusiam"; St. Benedict, greatest of the monks, who established a pattern of the religious life still vibrant to this day; and St. Gregory, Benedict's pupil and greatest of the popes, who more than any other prepared the See of Rome for its triumphant emergence in the Middle Ages.
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"Professor Duckett writes a history of this period that is as full of intellectual excitement as those centuries were of military excitement."
"New light on the troubled origins of the medieval spirit."
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