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Reconstruction of design on which Cluny Abbey was based (Wikimedia Commons)

How a Benedictine Abbey’s Charter Changed Monasticism

Cluny Abbey’s original charters contained some remarkable provisions

Humble origins don’t preclude the accumulation of power, especially if accompanied by safeguards. The founding of Cluny Abbey in France proves this. It grew to become one of medieval Europe’s most influential religious institutions.




Exploring History is a publication about history. Instead of focusing on any particular time period of history, we explore anything about the past that helps our readers understand the world they live in today. We pay special attention to historiographical rigor and balance.

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Tim Gebhart

Tim Gebhart

Retired Lawyer. Book Addict. History Buff. Lifelong South Dakotan. Blog: prairieprogressive.com

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