The institution of monastic life during the Middle Ages. Those who live a monastic life (such as monks and nuns) live according to a rule and under religious vows. Seclusion is often associated with monasticism, although monasteries were not necessarily secluded during the Middle Ages. Also called monachism.
Related term(s): Monachism; Monastic; Monastery; Benedictine
Category: Western Christianity
Last modified: 02.08.05
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