The Benedictines: A Digest for Moderns

by Dom David Knowles OSB LittD (1896-1974)


Chapter I: The Rule of Benedict

Chapter II: Life According to the Rule

  1. Work
  2. Reading
  3. Opus Dei
  4. Family Life in Common

Chapter III: Benedictine Organization

Chapter IV: Benedictine Work

Note: Chapters V and VI are not available online.



The essay was first published 1929 in London by Sheed & Ward and in New York 1930 by Macmillan. A second, revised edition was published 1962 by Saint Leo Abbey Press with an Introduction by Abbot Marion R. Bowman OSB. The online text, made available solely for educational purposes, comes from the 2nd edition. In his will David Knowles assigned his copyrights to an early collaborator, Prof. Christopher Nugent Lawrence Brooke, MA LittD CBE FBA, Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Photograph by Walter Bird.


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