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Alison I. Beach, Shannon M.T. Li, and Samuel S. Sutherland

election of the abbot by the community were all, as the chronicler argues, grounded in scripture. The chronicler’s tone here is noticeably defensive as he decries those who would criticize cenobitic monasticism – and thus religious life at Petershausen – by denying or ignoring its apostolic authority. This apologetic posture is not at all surprising for a Benedictine monk writing in the early decades of the twelfth century. While the Rule of St. Benedict had dominated the monastic landscape of the Latin West since the Carolingian era, traditional monks now found

in Monastic experience in twelfth-century Germany
I. S. Robinson

that of St George, the other of St Gregory; another at Zwiefalten near the Danube and yet another in the bishopric of Würzburg, in the place that is called Komburg. He also established the discipline of the Rule in the monastery of Schaffhausen and that of Petershausen on the banks of the Rhine, which had been built long before. 418 But there were also very many others in different regions that he

in Eleventh-century Germany