The Rule of St Benedict (unabridged)

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St Benedict

The Rule of St Benedict

Read by Jonathan Booth


Written in 516, The Rule of Saint Benedict for monastic living has been soul-inspiring for a countless number of people – not only monks, nuns and priests, but also a considerable number of lay people. It covers matters of doctrine, the structure of the monastery as the House of God, and observance of the Divine Office. The Rule gives a fascinating insight into the standards and behaviour expected of monks in their everyday lives. It remains notable for embodying the concept of a written constitution and influencing the shape of medieval Europe.

Today the Rule, with its universal message, offers a deep and practical spirituality to all people desiring a good life.

  • Running Time: 2 h 33 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-438-3
    Cat. no.:NA0573
    Edited by:Andrew Riches
    Translated by:Leonard J. Doyle (updated)
    BISAC:REL070000, REL110000
    Released:April 23
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Jonathan Booth gives a splendidly somber narration of this work from the early sixth century. St Benedict’s rules concern how monks were to live their daily lives as members of a monastery. They also address doctrine and observance of the Divine Office. Booth’s British accent is a good match for this text. His intonation and pacing, along with his somber tone, noted above, are perfect for transmitting the instructions of a superior to a subordinate. The work itself is divided into several dozen chapters, a structure that makes the somewhat dry content easy to follow. While most would not consider a set of laws something to be listened to attentively, Booth makes this production work.

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