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Perhaps one of the few of its kind, this work tells the story of Saint Benedict, a person who is often credited by the Roman Catholic church as founding Western monasticism in the ancient world. The first half of this book tells the story of his birth place in Italy, his early education and parentage. This work goes further on to tell the story of his construction of twelve monasteries and some miracles he may have performed. The second half of this book tells of the rules of monasticism that was handed down to Pope Gregory I by Benedict's line of successors and disciples. Although there was no real written work to base his findings off of, the testimony of the successors has yet to be disproven in any way.