The lengthiest and most detailed of all ancient monastic rules, the Rule of the Master originates from approximately the same time period and place as St. Benedict's Rule (ca. early sixth century), and in fact may have been a source relied upon by St. Benedict. Its importance is obviously huge and, up till now, just as obviously underappreciated. This translation remedies the latter condition. Following extensive introductory material, the smooth English rendition of the Latin text reveals an outline of monastic life that neglects nothing: lofty spiritual instruction is followed by a description of the monk's clothing and shoes, and the Rule ends with a directive on how the monastery gate should be equipped. An essential document in the narrative of the development of Christian monasticism. 291 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
Three times longer than the Rule of Saint Benedict and in parts identical to it, the Regula Magistri encompasses the entire existence, material and spiritual, of the monastic community and its members. First English translation.