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  • Speculum & exemplar Christicolarum: vita beatissimi patris Benedicti monachorum patriarchae sanctissimi (Mirror and example for the worshippers of Christ: the life of the blessed Father Benedict, most holy patriarch of monks) is an illustrated life of Saint Benedict of Nursia (circa 480–547), with a poetic text by Dom Angelus Fagius Sangrinus (1500–93), abbot of Monte Cassino. The abbey was established by Benedict in about 529. This version of the life of Benedict, the patriarch of Western monasticism, is based on Book II of the Dialogues traditionally ascribed to Saint Gregory the Great (pope 590–604). The story recounts a series of miracles modeled on those of biblical prophets and heroic figures testifying to Benedict's holiness and powers. Although Benedictine monastic life is based on the Rule of Benedict rather than on his life’s story, the Dialogues and their derivatives, such as this handsome illustrated version, have provided a rich iconography for the adornment of Benedictine monasteries and manuscripts.

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  • Bartholomaei Bonfadini, Rome

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  • Speculum & exemplar Christicolarum: vita beatissimi patris Benedicti monachorum patriarchae sanctissimi

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  • 52 leaves : illustrations ; 25 centimeters

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