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The clericalization of monasticism was a Carolingian development. For example, the synod of Attigny, c.760/2, distinguishes between bishops and abbots who are not bishops. I presume that if an abbot was ordained as a priest or bishop, then he would wear the appropriate clothing. I have no idea when this started to influence the iconography of Benedict and would be interested in hearing what you discover.


Julian

On Jul 7 2006, John Wickstrom wrote:

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>Dear Listmembers, I've been looking at a late 11th c. Parisian MS which
>in one folio seems to depict St. Benedict as a priest: he is receiving a
>new novice while wearing a cope (actually it looks more like an Orthodox
>chasuble (phelonion), an alb and most important, a clerical stole down
>his front.
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>I'm assuming that Benedict was not considered a priest in the early
>medieval tradition; I'm also assuming that tradition changed by the time
>of this ms. when most Benedictine abbots were ordained; so Benedict as
>the Founder and Model would also have been ordained. Or is it the case
>that by the 11 or early 12th c. abbots had priestly functions and so
>could wear priestly garments, including the definitively sacerdotal
>stole?
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>Image (a bit tough to see)
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>http://www.kzoo.edu/history/Wickstrom/benedict.jpg
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>John B. Wickstrom
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>Kalamazoo College
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Julian Hendrix
King's College
Cambridge CB2 1ST
UK

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